Thirty-nine White deaf persons functioning normally within the general hearing community were surveyed on a variety of factors concerning their use of alcohol, and compared to the data from two comparable hearing samples reported previously in the literature. No significant differences were found between the deaf and heharing samples on patterns of drinking or other parameters of alcohol use. Heavier alcohol use among the deaf correlated significantly with reported frequency of driving after having drunk too much, age of having had first drink, ever having been drunk, feeling guilt over drinking too much, and others criticizing the respondent for drinking behavior. Heavier use also tended to be correlated with attendance at an all-deaf school. Implications of the findings of similar drinking patterns for the deaf and the hearing are discussed in terms of the lack of specific rehabilitation facilities for the deaf, along with possible reasons for the lack of use by deaf clients of alcohol rehabilitation agencies in the community.

Publication Date



This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, originally in 1979 and published online on 07 July 2009, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/00952997909007056

This research was conducted under a grant from the New York State Division of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse to the Alcoholism Education Development Program at Rochester Institute of Technology. ISSN:0095-2990

Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.

Document Type


Department, Program, or Center

Psychology (CLA)


RIT – Main Campus