THE ALCOHOL PROBLEM IN LOS ANGELES

Population data and numbers of alcohol-related mortalities and alcohol beverage outlets for each of the 18 Los Angeles County alcohol program planning areas were analyzed to determine if drinking practices reflect ethnic and cultural differences in the relatively mixed population, or if they are related to poverty. Tables are presented of population data, alcohol mortalities, and alcohol beverage outlets, as well as correlation coefficients for these factors. The data demonstrate a strong relationship between the poverty and minority status of a community's population and the rate of alcohol mortalities. It was also found that in poor, largely minority-populated areas, there were twice as many alcohol-selling establishments as in more affluent areas. The analysis also suggests that the cost-benefit of funds earmarked for alcohol problems might be improved by directing them more towards program areas marked by poverty, high rates of alcohol mortality and large numbers of alcohol beverage outlets per capita.

  • Corporate Authors:

    UCLA Alcohol Research Center

    Neuropsychiatric Institute, 760 Westwood Plaza
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90024
  • Authors:
    • Burns, M
  • Publication Date: 1983-10

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  • Accession Number: 00390740
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-037 010
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1984 12:00AM