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According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcohol abuse is the leading health and social problem in Black America today (Hacker, Collins, 1 & Jacobson, 1987). Data analysis from the Secretary's Task Force on Blacks and Minority Health (Ronan, 1986/87) indicated that Blacks suffer disproportionately from health consequences of alcohol abuse and appear to be at disproportionately high risk for certain alcohol related problems. Upton and Jallah (1986) cited another early study, released in 1979 by Dr. Lewis King, which found that alcoholism was the number one social problem in Black America. They further cited how Blacks suffer demonstrably greater consequences of alcohol abuse. Finally, there is also evidence that Blacks surpass Whites in the rates of physiological illness resulting from alcohol abuse and in rates of the disease of alcoholism (Harper, 1979).

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Master of Arts


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Ann Vernon


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