You’re a psychologist and, as such, you are interested in the ways in which the mind works. Think of the mind as a tree, with the roots being the deepest part, and the leaves representing the immediate thoughts at the surface.
Alcohol abuse in minorities often starts with the roots. Of course, many psychological factors can influence a drinking problem, and some people in minority groups are at special risk of undergoing psychological distress. For instance, as you may know, the stress of poverty can be a huge inducer of alcoholism. Many of those in minorities live under just those conditions, making them more likely to abuse alcohol in their lifetimes. According to the Office of Minority Health, Hispanic people who live below the poverty level are actually three times more likely to undergo psychological distress than those living above it.
Biological factors can also influence a pattern of heavy drinking, and many people in minority groups can be predisposed to heavy drinking due to their genetic make-up. For example, as reported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Blacks with Caribbean ancestry consume less alcohol compared to other Blacks. Hispanics of Mexican or Mexican American ancestry, on the other hand, are more prone to drinking alcohol than Hispanics of Central/South American heritage.