NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – A new study from the city’s Health Department examining health discrepancies among black New Yorkers found that Caribbean and African immigrants tend to have fewer health problems like asthma and obesity than American-born blacks.
American-born blacks are also more apt to smoke and drink than blacks who are originally from other countries, the study says.
Some 53% of American blacks labeled themselves as drinkers, compared with 44% of Caribbeans and 34% of Africans.
No black group drinks as much as white New Yorkers, 70% of whom reported being drinkers, the study found.
Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said the study shows “communities of color are not monolithic.”