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Substance Abuse

Alcohol and drug-use in Indigenous Communities is a great concern. According to surveys done, 75% of all Indigenous people on reserves feel that alcohol-use is a problem in their community. However this is contrary to other statistics, as a lower than average number of First Nations and Inuit people drink alcohol when compared to the general population. Only 66% of First Nation adults living on reserve consumed alcohol compared to 76% of the general population which suggests that those who do drink often drink heavily as around 33% of indigenous families indicate that alcohol abuse is a problem in their family. Contributers to this issue are social factors like marginalization, discrimination, intergenerational trauma, and financial hardships.

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