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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 222-224

Psychiatric co-morbidity among alcohol dependants

Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal, Manipur, India

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N Heramani Singh
Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal, Manipur
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.43058

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Background: Psychiatric disorders are common in alcoholics and such patients have a poorer prognosis. Aim: To determine the prevalence of psychiatric co-morbidity among alcohol-dependent subjects and to compare the prevalence of specific psychiatric disorders between them and a control group. Methods: The study assessed the prevalence of psychiatric co-morbidity in 100 alcohol-dependent subjects and 100 controls. A semi-structured proforma was used to record the sociodemographic variables and the history of alcohol abuse. Statistical analysis was done using the chi-square test. Results: The prevalence rate of psychiatric co-morbidity in alcohol-dependent subjects and controls was found to be 92% and 12%, respectively. The most common disorders were depression, antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) and phobia. There was a significant difference in the prevalence of psychiatric co-morbidity between alcohol-dependent subjects and controls. Conclusion: The findings indicate the need for an active consultation service for better insight into the prevention, treatment and outcome of alcohol dependence.



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