It’s been supported for a number of years that living in low income areas with high residential mobility and unemployment increase the risk of alcohol problems.  A study put out by the University of Michigan finds that the reverse is also true; people dealing with alcoholism negatively affect their neighborhoods as well.  Conversely, individual recovery from alcoholism can affect the community positively as well.  Basically, low income neighborhoods tend to have fewer formal systemic help agents than more affluent neighborhoods and alcoholics stand a greater risk of remaining in alcoholism if they stay in the neighborhood.

What do you think are some of the implications of this research?

Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research (2007, August 29). Alcoholism And Bad Neighborhoods: A Two-way Street. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 10, 2009, from­ /releases/2007/08/070827161245.htm