Native Americans and Community Health Problems

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Running head: Native Americans and Community 1 Native Americans and Community Health Problems Debra L. Danley HCA415: Community & Public Health Instructor: Tynan Weed March 26,2013 Native Americans and Community 2 Native Americans and Community Health Problems Life on the Indian Reservation is different from life off one. One may think that Indians do not face the same problems like people who live off one. This can't be further from the truth. Did you know two major health problems Indian's face is alcoholism and heart problems? Also were you aware that the reason Indian's first started having problems with alcohol is because it was introduced to them by the white man? How do I know these things? I am Lenni-Lenape Indian from New Jersey and my tribe is part of the Algonquin nation and these are problems my family faces as well as some of the other members of the tribe. What is Alcoholism? It is addiction to alcoholic beverages which a person with this addiction usually drinks till they can't function . Alcoholism is a broad term for problems with alcohol, and is generally used to mean compulsive and uncontrolled consumption of alcoholic beverages, usually to the detriment of the drinker's health, personal relationships, and social standing. It is medically considered a disease, specifically an addictive illness, and in psychiatry several other terms are used, specifically "alcohol abuse" and "alcohol dependence," which have slightly different definitions (Wikipedia. (2012, March 12). Alcoholism is not a problem that only the Native American's have but other ethnic groups as well. The Native

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