Characteristics of violent alcoholics.

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Source
Alcohol Alcohol. 1994 Jul;29(4):451-7
Publication Type
Article
Date
Jul-1994
Author
B. Bergman
B. Brismar
Author Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry, Karolinska Institute, Huddinge Hospital, Sweden.
Source
Alcohol Alcohol. 1994 Jul;29(4):451-7
Date
Jul-1994
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adult
Alcoholism - psychology - rehabilitation
Child of Impaired Parents - psychology
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Personality Development
Risk factors
Spouse Abuse - psychology
Substance-Related Disorders - psychology - rehabilitation
Suicide - psychology
Suicide, Attempted - psychology
Sweden
Temperance - psychology
Violence
Abstract
This study is based on interviews with 53 male alcoholics. Its purpose was to study the relationship between childhood conditions, history of alcohol and drug misuse and assaultive and suicidal behaviour. Fifty-seven per cent of the alcoholics reported a history of violent behaviour. Hidden violence, often towards women, was common. One-third of the violent patients had a history of attempted suicide compared to 17% in the non-violent group. The assaultive alcoholics also had a more violent childhood, a higher proportion of fathers with alcohol problems and had started drinking earlier in life. Drug addiction was much more common in this group too. We find support for our hypothesis that there is a positive correlation between violence in the parental home and assaultive and suicidal behaviour and drug misuse later in life. When violent and non-violent alcoholics are compared many of the same characteristics appear as when suicidal and non-suicidal and type 2 and type 1 alcoholics are compared. This study raises the question of adding attempted suicide as a characteristic of the type 2 alcoholic.
PubMed ID
7986283 View in PubMed
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