J Korean Med Sci.  2002 Apr;17(2):236-241. 10.3346/jkms.2002.17.2.236.

Comorbid Mental Disorders Among the Patients with Alcohol Abuse and Dependence in Korea

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. mjcho@plaza.snu.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, Gachon Medical School, Gil Medical Center, Inchon, Korea.
  • 3Korean Institute for Health and Social Affairs, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Psychiatry, Hankang Sacred Heart Hospital, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

This study investigated the patterns of alcohol disorder comorbidity with other psychiatric disorders, using Korean nationwide epidemiological data. By two-stage cluster sampling, 5,176 adult household residents of Korea were interviewed using the Korean version of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule. Psychiatric disorders strongly associated with alcohol disorders were, other drug abuse or dependence, major depression, simple phobia, antisocial personality disorder, tobacco dependence, and pathological gambling. Male alcoholics had a tendency to begin with tobacco dependence, and some male pathological gamblers first had alcohol disorders. The presence of comorbid psychiatric disorders was associated with a more severe form and the later onset of alcohol disorders, and associated with help-seeking for alcohol abuse/dependence.

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Alcoholism; Comorbidity; Mental Disorders; Epidemiology
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