In this module, we began to cover material

In this module, we began to cover material

In this module, we began to cover material about cultural differences in prevalence and patterns of alcohol use, and learned that there are substantial disparities in alcohol-related problems and treatment. We are going to focus more narrowly on some of these health disparities later on in the semester, but I first want us to delve a bit deeper into differences in drinking norms across cultures.

For this assignment, you will:

  1. Choose a cultural or societal group. This can be a country (e.g., Germany, India), a racial or ethnic group (e.g., Native Hawaiian individuals, Latinx individuals), religious group (e.g., Muslim individuals, Jewish individuals), or a specific population within the United States (e.g., gender minority youth, first generation college students).
  2. Describe the role of alcohol within the group or society that you have chosen. Describe any laws, norms, functions, or history of alcohol use within this group. What can you find regarding when and why alcohol is consumed? Were you able to find information regarding how rates of drinking compare to individuals from other groups? Feel free to include any information you think is relevant or interesting. You should integrate objective findings (you must cite at least 1 academic source) along with your own thoughts and reflections.


  • Your assignment should be 1-2 pages (double-spaced) not including references or headings
  • You must integrate something from the required course reading or other academic/scientific sources (be sure to properly cite everything!) along with your own thoughts and reflections.

Requirements: 1-2 pages


Answer preview

The Punjabi community represents a section of the South Asian community living in the UK. The drinking culture in the Punjabi community is heavily gendered, with more than half of the male population being active drinkers. Drinking among men is considered a sign of gender masculinity (Brown, West, & Angus, 2016), as women are not supposed to drink. The drinking culture is embedded in the community history and is passed down from generation to generation. Women who drink are shunned in the community as they are expected to abstain from drinking. It is taboo for a woman in this community to drink as it is a shameful habit to the individual and their family.

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