Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 15, Issue 5, pp 1001–1007 | Cite as

Leveraging Family Values to Decrease Unhealthy Alcohol Use in Aging Latino Day Laborers

  • Homero E. del Pino
  • Carolyn Méndez-Luck
  • Georgiana Bostean
  • Karina Ramírez
  • Marlom Portillo
  • Alison A. Moore
Original Paper


In one Los Angeles study, 20 % of day laborers reported excessive drinking. Older adults are more sensitive to alcohol’s effects, yet heavy drinking persists among Latinos until they are in their 60s. No interventions to reduce heavy drinking exist for aging day laborers. We recruited 14 day laborers aged 50 and older in Los Angeles. We identified their unhealthy alcohol use behaviors and comorbidities and conducted semi-structured interviews to understand their perceptions of unhealthy alcohol use. We found social disadvantages and conditions exacerbated by alcohol use, like depression. Participants were concerned with dying and premature aging, and reported that family could influence behavior change. An intervention should consider (1) integrating family values and (2) increasing knowledge about alcohol use and comorbidities. Further studies are needed to explore family influence on aging Latino day laborers.


Latino Day laborers Alcohol abuse Family values 



Research supported in part by 1 K24 AA015957-05 and 1 R21 AA019738-01A1 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; RCMAR/CHIME Grant P30AG021684 and 1K01AG033122-01A1 from the National Institute on Aging; U54MD007598 (formerly U54RR026138) from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities; and the UCLA Career Development Program in Cancer Prevention and Control Research, NIH/NCI R25CA087949 (PI: R. Bastani).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Homero E. del Pino
    • 1
    • 2
  • Carolyn Méndez-Luck
    • 3
  • Georgiana Bostean
    • 4
  • Karina Ramírez
    • 5
  • Marlom Portillo
    • 6
  • Alison A. Moore
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Human BehaviorCharles R. Drew University of Medicine and ScienceLos AnglesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral SciencesDavid Geffen School of Medicine, UCLALos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.School of Social and Behavioral Health SciencesOregon State University, CorvallisCorvallisUSA
  4. 4.Cancer Prevention and Control ResearchUCLA Fielding School of Public HealthLos AngelesUSA
  5. 5.Division of GeriatricsDavid Geffen School of Medicine, UCLALos AngelesUSA
  6. 6.Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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