Let's Investigate Jewish Alcoholism

By Barry Glassner

Eugene Borowitz, November 25, 1977

Much of the tumult over perceived increases in the rates of Jewish alcoholism has been based on non-systematic and non-scientific observation, the author cautions. The Jewish population should not be examined as a monolithic whole, but as a collection of sub-groups, whose rates of alcoholism should be examined on the sub-group level, he contends. Furthermore, the observer should take care to note that some part of the Jewish-Gentile discrepancy in alcoholism rates may have more to do with rates of hiding alcoholism than with rates of alcoholism itself. The author describes a preliminary study he is undertaking in order to begin to address this issue using proper methodologies of social science.

Topic: Sociology, Addiction, Substance Abuse, Health and Healing, Demography, Scholarship, Study, Academic Research

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Borowitz, Eugene B.

Volume/Issue: Vol.8/no.142

Page Number(s): 14-15

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Syracuse, New York , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Glassner, Barry. Let's Investigate Jewish Alcoholism. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Eugene Borowitz. 25 November 1977: 14-15. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8981


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