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Inner City Alcohol Use

Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug in the United States, and it has been for years. Alcohol use is prevalent in all areas of the U.S., including inner cities, suburban areas and rural communities. Every region and demographic of the U.S. has its own culture and characteristics that contribute to rates of alcohol use and abuse. It is difficult to determine statistics on drug and alcohol use because there are so many variables at play. While the patterns and trends of alcohol use may vary or be disputed, it is clear that alcohol use is a major part of the American culture, and alcohol-related problems stretch across the boundaries of all geographic areas, from inner cities to rural towns.

In the past, alcohol and drug use were considered to be big city issues because of the large populations and the easy access to alcohol in major metropolitan areas. The U.S. National Institute of Health states that inner-city adolescents are more likely to drink alcohol or use drugs because of the following:

  • High exposure to violence
  • Peer and community involvement with alcohol and drugs
  • Limited protective factors
  • Limited public awareness, education and prevention efforts for substance abuse
  • Greater exposure to emotional and behavioral problems
  • Poorer education systems
  • Gang-affiliated minorities and higher rates of violent crimes
  • Wide availability of alcohol

The inner city, which describes the central area of a major city or metropolis, is also associated with heavy alcohol use or problem drinking because these areas frequently consist of impoverished and old neighborhoods, low-income housing, unemployment, underemployment, crime, minorities and a dense population.

Treatment Challenges for Inner-City Alcohol Use

While urban and metropolitan areas have higher treatment admission rates than rural areas, finding treatment for those living in the inner city has continued to be a challenge. There are resources for treatment available, but the same issues that contribute to problem drinking in the first place, including poverty, lack of education and poor peer and community influence, also prevent treatment.

Big cities and areas close to big cities have more resources available for treatment and recovery than rural areas. However, people living in inner-city neighborhoods are not educated on the dangers and risks of substance abuse and addiction, nor are they as aware of their opportunities for treatment and recovery as those in other geographic regions. Even individuals living in inner-city areas who want to get help for a drinking problem are unlikely to because they believe they cannot afford it financially or cannot leave their family or job to complete rehab. When alcohol use is so embedded in a community or region, it is hard for its population to view drinking as anything but “normal.”

Help Finding Alcohol Rehab and Treatment

People of all demographics are susceptible to problems with alcohol use, which is why rehab and treatment options must be available to people everywhere. If you need support ending your alcohol use or addiction, we can help you find the treatment that will work for you and your situation. Our recovery professionals are available 24 hours a day to speak with you about your options for rehab treatment. Whether you have questions, need information or are ready to find treatment programs and facilities right now, we can help. Call our toll-free helpline now.