About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment
The 'Social Problem' View
ST. FRANCIS, S. DAK.--The suicide rate among Indian teenagers [on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation] is three times the national rate and much higher on some reservations. Deaths from automobile accidents as a result of drunken driving are frequently a form of suicide. . . .
A teenage alcoholic is not only following an example set by his parents, he is experiencing the same reality that drove them to drink. The Indian's average yearly income, $1,500, is less than half the national poverty level. . . . Why shouldn't he drink when there's nothing else to do? Unemployment on Indian...
-- Mona McCormick