“Despite the facts attesting to early exposure and use of alcohol by generations of Filipinos, there seems to be, likewise, a phenomenon of non-recognition of alcoholism as a medical condition,” according to the report, which will be presented at Tuesday’s forum. In focus group discussions, participants described the cultural inclusion of alcohol into religious, business and social functions. “Try talking alcohol addiction (in the Philippines) and good luck if anyone understands the concept,” one participant said. Drinking and other substance abuse have carried over to the United States, particularly among young women, the survey concluded. The liberation women have experienced in this country has afforded them access to alcohol – in many cases for the first time, researchers found. Based on the findings, new outreach programs will be designed to incorporate the entire family – an important factor in treating addiction, particularly for new immigrants, Almeda said. Other ideas for future educational and treatment programs will be discussed by Tuesday’s panel. In addition to Almeda, participants include two rehabilitation specialists, two high school students who will share their experience in the Filipino culture and the director of the county’s Department of Health Services’ Alcohol and Drug Prevention program. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.After conducting two substance abuse surveys, the Asian American Drug Abuse Program Inc. is organizing a forum Tuesday night to discuss the findings and future treatment programs targeted specifically at this ethnic group. “It is very evident that the family and the home are deemed to be the dominant channels of access, at least with respect to alcohol,” said Carol Almeda, who conducted the survey and helped organize the forum with the Carson Regional Library. The Asian American Drug Abuse Program contracts with Los Angeles County Department of Health Services in providing treatment programs. They serve the entire community, but focus on Asian-American substance abuse. Very little research has been conducted on alcohol and drug addiction specifically within the Filipino community, Almeda said. Counselors and others who work in treatment have, however, seen an anecdotal rise in people seeking treatment and problems arising from substance abuse. In a 2007 survey of the Carson and Long Beach Filipino communities, nearly three-quarters of respondents said they started drinking before the age of 21. The majority said their primary access to alcohol was at home, with the family, the survey showed. SOUTH BAY: The Asian American Drug Abuse program will discuss findings from local surveys and offer recommendations. By Melissa Evans STAFF WRITER A steep rise in drug and alcohol abuse in the Filipino community has prompted a local agency to step up outreach and treatment programs in areas where many live, including Carson and other parts of the South Bay.