Alcohol problems in Alaska Natives: Lessons from the Inuit

J. Paul Seale, Sylvia Shellenberger, John Spence

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In this Alaska Native study, cultural "insiders" analyzed problems associated with increased alcohol availability, factors which have reduced alcoholrelated problems, and ideas for improving treatment in an Inuit community. Participants described frequent bingeing, blackouts, family violence, suicide, loss of child custody, and feelings of intergenerational grief. Helpful existing treatment approaches include alcohol ordinances, inpatient treatment programs, twelve-step groups, and religious involvement. Participants urged the development of family treatment approaches which integrate Inuit customs and values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-31
Number of pages31
JournalAmerican Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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