Factors associated with perceived stigma for alcohol use and treatment among at-risk drinkers

  • John FortneyEmail author
  • Snigdha Mukherjee
  • Geoffrey Curran
  • Stacy Fortney
  • Xiaotong Han
  • Brenda M. Booth
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This study examined the perceived public stigma for alcohol use and treatment among a sample of 733 at-risk drinkers living in the South. Substantial levels of perceived stigma were reported for the community's judgment about at-risk drinking (86.1%), community's judgment about seeking primary care treatment for alcohol disorders (48.9%), community's judgment about seeking specialty treatment (56.3%), and primary care providers' judgment about their patients who were at-risk drinkers (35.7%). Similarly, respondents perceived a substantial lack of privacy associated with primary care treatment (42.0%) and specialty treatment (45.2%). African Americans were more likely to perceive a lack of treatment privacy but they were less likely to perceive community judgment about seeking specialty treatment. Those with greater social network contact intensity were more likely to perceive community judgment about at-risk drinking and more likely to perceive a lack of treatment privacy. Rural at-risk drinkers were more likely to perceive a lack of privacy in primary care.


Alcohol Primary Care Social Network Care Provider Health Promotion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Fortney
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Snigdha Mukherjee
    • 2
    • 3
  • Geoffrey Curran
    • 1
    • 2
  • Stacy Fortney
    • 2
  • Xiaotong Han
    • 2
  • Brenda M. Booth
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.VA HSR&D Center for Mental Health and Outcomes ResearchUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, College of MedicineUniversity of Arkansas for Medical SciencesLittle Rock
  3. 3.The South Central Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical CenterLittle Rock

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