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Paternal alcoholism predicts the occurrence but not the remission of alcoholic drinking: a 40-year follow-up

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OBJECTIVE: To test the effects of father's alcoholism on the development and remission from alcoholic drinking by age 40.

METHOD: Subjects were selected from a Danish birth cohort that included 223 sons of alcoholic fathers (high risk; HR) and 106 matched controls (low risk; LR). Clinical examinations were performed at age 40 (n = 202) by a psychiatrist using structured interviews and DSM-III-R diagnostic criteria.

RESULTS: HR subjects were significantly more likely than LR subjects to develop alcohol dependence (31% vs. 16%), but not alcohol abuse (17% vs. 15%). More subjects with alcohol abuse were in remission at age 40 than subjects with alcohol dependence. Risk did not predict remission from either alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence.

CONCLUSION: Familial influences may play a stronger role in the development of alcoholism than in the remission or recovery from alcoholism.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Vol/bind116
Udgave nummer5
Sider (fra-til)386-93
Antal sider8
ISSN0001-690X
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StatusUdgivet - nov. 2007

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