Alcohol_4 - Alcohol and Society: Part 4 IV. Native American...

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IV. Native American Drinking Behavior A. Native Americans are constantly faced with two conflicting and equally erroneous stereotypes both imposed on them by the dominant society (the group that controls allocation of strategic resources). 1. The "drunken indian" which has its origins in the frontier mythology and exploitation of native peoples bu unscrupulous traders. 2. The "noble savage", the natural person in tune with the spiritual side of nature. B. Popular Misconceptions 1. Indians cannot hold their liquor a) Physiologically the effects of alcohol are the same for all. b) Drunken comportment is normative (1) Historically, Indians had lousy role models for drinking behavior: unaccompanied, white males (voyagers and trappers). (2) "Drunk" can be achieved social status with its own set of alternative norms. (3) Use patterns vary widely from one band to the next. You cannot generalize. 2. Alcoholism rate is high among indians. a) Acting in an intoxicated manner is not sufficient to diagnose alcoholism. b) What is meant by alcoholism? (1) Physiological addiction (disease alcoholism) must be distinguished from psychological dependency. (2)
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