Compared to European American adolescents, African American adolescents are more likely to abstain from alcohol, drink less frequently, and engage in less heavy drinking when they do drink. Very little research has examined racial differences in disinhibition. A study of changes in impulsivity and sensation seeking from childhood into adolescence has found that European American youth have higher levels of sensation seeking while African American youth have higher levels of impulsivity.

Results will be published in the October 2012 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research and are currently available at Early View.

“Very little research has examined why African American adolescents drink less alcohol than European American adolescents,” said Sarah L. Pedersen, assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and corresponding author for the study. “However, studies have shown that the African American culture may hold more conservative views about drinking compared to the majority culture in the United States. For example, African American adolescents may feel that their parents and friends disapprove of their drinking more than their European American counterparts.”

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“Our study highlights the different developmental course of two related constructs: impulsivity and sensation,” said Pedersen. “It is really interesting to see that sensation seeking increased over time while impulsivity, from the mothers’ reports, decreased. In general, European Americans had higher levels of sensation seeking at every assessment point, and they also had sharper increases in sensation seeking over time compared to African Americans. On the other hand, African Americans had higher levels of impulsivity—both child- and mother-reported—at the majority of assessments, but the rate of change did not differ across groups over time.”

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“Until recently, alcohol researchers would focus primarily on ‘impulsivity’ as a general trait-like construct,” observed Pedersen. “This study looks at two aspects of disinhibition and found that it is not necessarily just mean level of the construct but individual differences in change in these personality constructs that is related to alcohol use. Also, very little research has examined racial differences in disinhibited personality characteristics, which have been widely studied as predictors of alcohol use in predominantly European American samples.”

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  • Francis Galton

    Ha!  Blacks inhibited?!  Don’t make me laugh!

    Here’s an explanation: since alcohol is legal, it does not have the “thumb-your-nose-at-Whitey’s-legal-system” quality that smoking a blunt, smoking crack, or drug dealing does.  Many black adolescents pride themselves on being as far from the blue-eyed devil, White mainstream as possible, which means they prefer to adopt habits that are illegal and underground.  In other words, blacks are almost certainly more “disinhibited” than are Whites, but they use edgier, more dangerous outlets to express this lack of inhibition.  

    • mikejones91

      Yeah that’s not true. Most drug addicts are white, most drug dealers are black. Whites do drink MUCH more, as in college students/HS students. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard (on facebook/real life/twitter/ “white people know how to get down”. “Get down” meaning “party”. They even have a term for it. “White boy wasted”. Blacks do account for a lot of the cocaine addicts. Everything is usually white. 

      • Not percentage-wise:
        http://recovery2day.org/Alcoholism-and-Drug-Addiction/drug-use-by-race-education-and-employment.html

        Current illicit drug use among persons aged 12 or older varied by race/ethnicity
        in 2009, with the lowest rate occurring among Asians (3.7 percent)
        (Figure 2.10). Rates were 18.3 percent for American Indians or Alaska
        Natives, 14.3 percent for persons reporting two or more races, 9.6
        percent for blacks, 8.8 percent for whites, and 7.9 percent for
        Hispanics. From 2008 to 2009, there were increases in the rate of
        current illicit drug use for American Indians or Alaska Natives (from
        9.5 to 18.3 percent) and Hispanics (from 6.2 to 7.9 percent) aged 12 or
        older.

        • I read somewhere that blacks are admitted to the emergency room for drug related issues more than Whites. This gives a better indication of use as it don’t rely on honest self-reporting.

        • The Worlds Scapegoat

           

          I think most Asians are alcohol intolerant. Stress also plays a factor in drinking alcohol. I am sure that if whites didn’t have t pay for their own destruction, the percentage of whites that drink would be lower.

          In Germany a 5 year old kid can walk into a bar and order a beer.  Most teenagers in germany drink beer because it is cheaper than Coca-Cola: A half liter (16oz) of beer costs the same as a 12 ounce can of soda.

      • I think that blacks are addicted to crack, whites are more addicted to powder cocaine than  blacks are.

        • The__Bobster

          Because crack’s high is far more intense and almost instantaneous.

    • mikejones91

      But regardless, it still sends a message. We can drink more/drug more/party more and still not be violent savages. They are violent barbarians sober OR high/drunk/bath salted. 

  • Blacks cannot hold much liquor, either in US or in Africa or Latin America.  The article’s termi9nology is a bit confusing. About impulsivity, we all know- Blacks are unpredictable, like tamed animals. As for “sensation seeking”- what’s this ? Exhibitionism ? A sort of lighter version of LSD- alternation of perception ?
    AFAIK, White races drink alcohol (beer, whiskey & vodka, wine). Yellows/Asians lwss so- sak

    • mikejones91

      Simply (abstractly) put—As a kid, we would go to this river park with multiple trussels to jump off. I grew up with a lot of black kids so they would usually. No black ever made it past the 20 foot trussel.  They would sit back and smoke black and mild cigars. They won’t jump from high places/snowboard down big hills/typical thrill seeking adventures that only whites seem to enjoy. They are impulsive/aggressive, but they don’t have “balls”. They know we do these types of things. They have a term for this too “crazy white person syndrome” when  a black does something like that–skateboarding. Although there are a lot of black skateboarders, they stick to street skating and stay away from vert ramps. Its hard to vocalize unless you actually know what I am talking about. 

      • Blacks are not risk takers.

        • mikejones91

          Exactly. Also, I wasn’t glorifying drug use in any way, just making my point. 

        • It is the desire of the White man to explore and discover. Whether it’s the abilities of the individual or the ability of a society to reach the moon and beyond.

          • When talking about civilized races, someone mentioned a Japanese proverb:
            Deru kugi wa utareru[1][2]

            Literally: The nail that sticks out gets hammered down.

          • Alex

            To explore and discover requires a natural curiosity and an awe at the sense of what might be out there. It requires bravery, courage, leadership and coordination. Blacks don’t care about any of that and even if they did they are incompetent in that skill set. The great European and Arab explorers found them. The blacks never sought to venture out, too small minded.

    • mikejones91

      That’s another thing blacks WILL NOT do. Most of them anyway. Hallucination drugs. LSD/Shrooms/Peyote. I’ve only met ONE black who was a “tripper”. I’ve met a lot (too many) blacks.

  • MekongDelta69

    …Sarah L. Pedersen, assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and corresponding author for the study

    Like I say under every (AmRen and non-AmRen) article with a ‘study’ like this from a ‘source’ like this. You don’t have to read ANY further.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    It’s not their fault.

    Blacks cannot seem to grasp the basic concept of future orientation because they are poor.

    Don’t believe me? Here’s a whole bunch of words put together into sentences and paragraphs by a really smart woman that (probably) proves it:

    http://blacksuccessfoundation.org/sci_report-future%20orientation-zena_mello.htm

    • MekongDelta69

      The absolute master of polysyllabic mumbo-jumbo is Cornel West. Many blacks have tried to imitate that lunatic, but none (IMO) have succeeded.
      (http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=813)

      He was and still is, so ridiculous that even Damon Wayons did a bunch of parodies on him (which are on YouTube).
      Here’s just one:
      (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HebReKH82kE)
      (Starts at 0:52)

      You can find the rest, but that is exactly Cornel West.

      • Biff_Maliboo

         Ah, you mean ol’ Snaggletoofs West.

        • MekongDelta69

          Yessssssss, mah ebonical edumakashun brutha

  • JohnEngelman

    The fact that black teenagers drink less than white teenagers and have fewer drinking problems is to be said in their favor. 

  • “For example, African American adolescents may feel that their parents
    and friends disapprove of their drinking more than their European
    American counterparts.”

    I’m not sure that this author “gets” it. 

    • IstvanIN

       African-American parents?  Huh?

  • From what I have seen, whites are more likely to engage in binge drinking than those of other races. However, some alcoholic beverages such as malt liquor, which has more alcohol content than beer, is marketed exclusively to blacks.

    • mikejones91

      Yeah, exactly. More like whites drink a LOT during the weekend. Blacks drink moderately throughout the week. Sounds about right…For older blacks anyway. 

    • “Very little research has examined why African American adolescents drink less alcohol than European American adolescents,”   and ”
      However, some alcoholic beverages such as malt liquor, which has more alcohol content than beer, is marketed exclusively to blacks.”
      I’ll tie these two together:  alcohol is generally too slow for them.  It’s all about delayed gratification.    Knowing that getting there is half the fun.  For blacks, being there *now* is the only fun.  

      The lowest alcohol popular beverage was/is the wine cooler.  No wonder the Bartles and James ad campaign was White, Whiter, Whitest!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1tMxpe2670   How many blacks said to themselves, “Two old white Coots!   I want that!!”?

      • The__Bobster

        One drink is defined as having one-half ounce of pure ethyl alcohol; each of the following is considered “one drink.”
        *10 ox to 12 oz of beer at 4% to 5% alcohol, or *8 oz to 12 oz of wine cooler at 4% to 6% alcohol, or *4 oz to 5 oz of table wine at 9% to 12% alcohol, or *2.5 oz of fortified wine at 20% alcohol, or *1.25 oz of 80 proof distilled spirits at 40%alcohol, or *1 oz of 100 proof distilled spirits at 50% alcohol.

  • Church_of_Jed

    Whites really do embrace Diversity.

    In order to see the world “through the eyes of blacks,” they get drunk.

    A sober black is like a drunk White teen.

  • Shawn_thefemale

    “Very little research has examined why African American adolescents drink less alcohol than European American adolescents,”

    One word: Crack

    “For example, African American adolescents may feel that their parents
    and friends disapprove of their drinking more than their European
    American counterparts.”
     
    Seriously?  What parents? And when did black shive a git what anyone thinks of their behavior?

    They hardly need alcohol to make them act drunk and stupid.

  • MikeofAges

    There is a little message here that never should be overlooked. Ernest Sevier Cox was a crackpot as an ethnologist but he often was a good social observer. The one point he  made over and over again was that the margin between civilization and decline at best was pretty thin and was always at risk. The autonomous misadventures of white youth out to serve as a reminder of that stark fact and a reminder as well of the need to develop the better faculties of more of our own people.

  • JackKrak

    This is an easy one.

    Whites drink to see what’s it’s like not to give a s*** about anything.

    Blacks wake up every day with that exact feeling without having to drink.

    Next.

  • On the contrary. If one is in the position of having nothing to lose- he would have tried the wildest things imaginable.  Consider US Army & Blacks- they’re mostly cooks, mechanics etc. They rarely consider military careers that would put them in dangerous combat situations – and the result is the relative lack of Black generals, admirals.
    I am not saying that is bad. In fact, this is a wise choice for Blacks- they go primarily to get some education & move along with their lives. Commendable, IMO.

    Just, they play safe.

  • How can it be cultural ? Why would anyone be scared of cats or dogs ?
    Personally, I find rats repellent; also, various lizards etc. But, it’s something primeval in the disgust.

    Cats, squirrels-SQUIRRELS… why would anyone be afraid of them. I don’t have any animals at home because they’re a burden & especially one must devote much more time to elementary hygiene.

    But- scared ?

    • The__Bobster

      Because most dogs want to cut them to ribbons?

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    … and Diane Sawyer claims blacks are 8 times more heroic that whites. 

    It’s just more libtard nonsense.

    • Whence this idiotic statement ?

      • The Worlds Scapegoat

         http://afrofuturistaffair.tumblr.com/post/27727406138/according-to-a-study-cited-by-abcs-20-20-black-people

  • The Worlds Scapegoat
  • “For example, African American adolescents may feel that their parents 
    and friends disapprove of their drinking more than their European 
    American counterparts.”
    Which White in his right mind is going to express disapproval of anything an African American adolescent does?  He is likely to get shot.

  • Larry Klein

    Judging by the number of bastard children and HIV positive men and women in the black community, it seems they do quite a bit of “sensation seeking”.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

       

      Obviously they don’t feel taking responsibility for their family is heroic.