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This section is directed specifically to First Peoples in the United States and Canada. This includes

  • Native Americans
  • Aboriginals (First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Canada and North America)
  • and other indigenous people groups.

Although the information presented here largely represents North America, the information is relevant to all indigenous groups.

Socioeconomic status, physical environment, decreased availability of public health programs, cultural attitudes toward alcohol and other factors work against indigenous groups in ways that increase their incidence of mental health problems, alcoholism and preventable diseases. The result is a much higher rate of multi-generational FASD than exists in general populations. For example, a 2003 study of Native Americans showed their alcoholism rate was more than 600% higher than average.

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