Consumption of Alcohol in the Far and Middle East

Chafetz, M.E.

New England Journal of Medicine 271: 297-301


ISSN/ISBN: 0028-4793
PMID: 14163718
DOI: 10.1056/nejm196408062710607
Accession: 014395662

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The countries considered above suffer little from the problem of alcoholism. These cultures have had closeness of family structure, well defined limits of behavior and a strong national or religious identity. Where drinking is acceptable, behavioral limits are clearly defined, with drinking generally associated with food, ritual and group activity; religious activity tends to be less formal and more personal. In Japan, Thailand and Israel there is some evidence that urbanization and loss of traditional cultural mores are resulting in an increased incidence of alcoholism. A report to follow will develop some recommendations on the basis of these studies for a program that hopes to utilize these findings in an attempt to reduce the incidence of alcoholism in the United States.