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Journal of Addiction
Volume 2015, Article ID 763930, 4 pages
Research Article

Alcohol and Substance Use in the Jewish Community: A Pilot Study

1University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
2Jewish Child and Family Service, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
3Department of Psychology, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3B 2E9

Received 12 May 2015; Accepted 7 June 2015

Academic Editor: Dennis M. Donovan

Copyright © 2015 Melanie Baruch et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Awareness of addictions in the Jewish community is becoming increasingly prevalent, and yet, a gap exists in the literature regarding addictions in this community. Knowledge about the prevalence of addictions within Jewish communities is limited; some believe that Jews cannot be affected by addictions. To address this gap, a pilot study was conducted to gather preliminary evidence relating to addictions and substance use in the Jewish community. Results indicate that a significant portion of the Jewish community knows someone affected by an addiction and that over 20% have a family history of addiction. Future research needs are discussed.