Where Do We Go From Here? Ten Years of Substance Use Research in Muslim Populations
Dr. Sameera Ahmed along with Dr. Cynthia Arfken recently published an article in the Journal of Muslim Mental Health titled Ten Years of Substance Use Research in Muslim Populations: Where do we go from here? Alcohol and drug abuse is a serious global public health and medical problem affecting every demographic group. It is also highly stigmatizing, especially among Muslim populations, which limits self-report and research. This brief review will broadly summarize global alcohol and drug abuse research on the magnitude of the problem. It will then examine recent research published in English on alcohol and drug use and abuse among Muslim populations. The studies included are those limited to research on prevalence, risk factors, treatment, and prevention.Finally, the paper will conclude with recommendations for future research on alcohol and drug use and abuse among Muslim populations.