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Year : 1997  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 18-23

A Prospective Study of Treatment Outcome in Alcohol Dependence from a Deaddiction Centre in India


1 Former Senior Resident, Department of Psychiatry, Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry-605006, India
2 Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry-605006, India
3 Psychiatric Social Worker, Department of Psychiatry, Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry-605006, India

Correspondence Address:
R Chandrasekaran
Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry-605006
India
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A naturalistic, uncontrolled follow up study was carried out -in 60 cases of alcohol dependence syndrome diagnosed according to DSM-III-R at.JIPMER.Pondicherry. At the end of one year, 32.5% of patients could he classified under abstinent and non prohlein drinker category. 35% continued to drink hut showed improvement in social and occupational functioning. 32.5% remained in the unimproved group. None of the preireatment variables could differentiate patients with favourable outcome from those with unfavourable outcome. Duration of disulfiram use was strongly associated with a favourable outcome.



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