Attitudes of Older African American Women About Alcohol

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Explores how drinking status, religiosity, and religious affiliation are associated with beliefs about alcohol usage among African American women 55 years of age and older. The relationship between religion and attitudes and behaviors related to alcohol suggest that the church could be sued as a vehicle for the dissemination of educational information about alcohol use and possible treatment options.


Hatchett’s work is “. . . much needed because it points community leaders, scholars, health care providers, and ministers to new ways of understanding important issues of aging pertinent to older African American women . . . [it] provides important answers by delving critically, religiously, and lovingly into the questions of faith-based solutions and social agency outreach. This is a monograph that can be richly read by anyone, but it is imperative for ministers, policy-makers, elected officials, social workers, and younger African Americans.” –Dr. Maceo Crenshaw Dailey, Jr.

By studying older African American women as significantly connected to religiosity, and the role of the Church in their lives, Dr. Hatchett establishes the valuable corollary between belief systems and substance abuse- but most importantly, offers solutions based on her analysis. –Dr. Shelley Armitage, Director, Women’s Studies Program University of Texas El Paso.

This work makes a major contribution to scholarship in that it identifies specific elements related to the root causes of why older African American women who suffer from alcoholism do not select to enter treatment centers. This book may serve as a tool for young women to avoid the abuse of alcohol or realize the importance of receiving help if they find themselves in that situation. –Dr. Rose Duhon-Sells

Table of Contents

Commendatory Preface


Chapter I: Introduction

Chapter II: Literature Review

Chapter III: Methods

Chapter IV: Results

Chapter V: Discussion

Chapter VI: Implications and Conclusions


A: Research Project Letter to Respondents
B: Response to Interviewer Concerns
C: Consent Form



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