Social factors associated with long-term abstinence in persons with alcohol dependence

Sinu, E (2012) Social factors associated with long-term abstinence in persons with alcohol dependence. In: “International Conference on Social Work in Multicultural Context”, 2 - 4 Mar 2012, Tumkur. (Submitted)

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BACKGROUND: Literature in the field of addiction medicine have consistently shown that Increase in age, being married, employment, internal motivation, early onset, severity of alcohol dependence, greater number of dependence symptoms, self-reported depression symptoms from drinking were positively associated with recovery from alcohol dependence (Rajaram 1999; Dawson 2005; David 2008). The present study was carried out to examine the relationship between social factors and long-term abstinence in alcohol dependence. AIM: To examine the social factors associated with long-term abstinence in alcohol dependence. METHODS: 60 consecutive in-patients were selected according to inclusion criteria from Centre for Addiction Medicine, NIMHANS, Bangalore. The study was conducted from 2007 to 2010. All patients were followed up for a period of one year. Statistical Analysis: Descriptive Statistics, Chi-square test and Fisher Exact Test, Mann-Whitney test, Kruskal-Wallis test, one-way ANOVA, Regression Analysis were used to analyze the data. RESULTS: Middle Age(>40 years), living with family of procreation, employment, patient being leader of the family, family social support were the social factors significantly associated with long-term abstinence among persons with alcohol dependence. Other social factors such as type of family, domicile, level of education, economic status, and religious affiliation were not associated with long-term abstinence in alcohol dependents. CONCLUSION: Social factors seem to influence successful outcome of alcohol dependence and appropriate social work assessment and intervention would help alcohol dependents to maintain long-term abstinence.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: social factors, long-term abstinence, treated alcohol dependents
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Psychiatry
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2013 04:36
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2013 04:36

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