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Wednesday, October 15, 2008


I can really relate to this article as I'm a Native American who has struggled with alcoholism for a very long time. Treatment for me has been more beneficial when conducted with other people who share the same culture as me. Although I am only one person, this study really hits home with me and my struggles and explains many things to me.

Dr Bosworth,
The article on cultural sensitivity & alcohol research was of interest to me partly because I have some sympathy with Dr Beatrice Medicine's attempt to stand up for her own culture in the face of a more dominant one. There are obvious differences that have developed historically between US & UK views & theoretical models of alcohol use, misuse & addiction but one powerful way North American therapeutic hegemony exerts its influence is via celebrity culture of rehab memoirs which can colour the way problem drinking is discussed, creating needless distractions.
However, the aspect of this article that surprised me most was that drinking was acceptable at all in Native cultures. I had assumed, wrongly it turns out, that Native Americans would reject alcohol, in principal at least, as a means by which Europeans tried to contain their culture.
Richard Lee, CPN
Options CSMS ~ Alcohol Team
West Sussex
United Kingdom

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