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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 43  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 225-229

Post Dicharge Droput of Alcoholics - A Naturalistic Study in a General Hospital Setting


1 Associate Professor in Psychiatry I.H.BAS.,Po.Box.9520, Dilshad Garden Delhi-110095, India
2 Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Kasturba Medical College , Manipal - 576119, Karnataka, India
3 Professor in Psychiatry, Kasturba Medical College , Manipal - 576119, Karnataka, India
4 Associate Professor in Psychiatric Social work , Kasturba Medical College , Manipal - 576119, Karnataka, India

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Somanath Sengupta
Associate Professor in Psychiatry I.H.BAS.,Po.Box.9520, Dilshad Garden Delhi-110095
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In a naturalistic longitudinal design 133 consecutive inpatients with alcohol dependence syndrome were followed up for one year following discharge from the hospital. 59 patients (group 1) paid follow up visit at regular intervals whereas 28 subjects (group 2)never returned despite three consecutive postal intimations. Rest of the patient were irregular in follow up. The individuals in group 1 were compared with those in group 2 on various sociodemographic and clinical variables with the aim of delineating the characteristics that could define the alcoholics who dropped out following discharge. It was found that such patient were relatively younger with lower level of education, less frequently married, had earlier onset of problem drinking with poor social support and higher rates of mental problems. It was concluded that post discharge attrition of alcoholics could be a social as well as a clinical problem in any setting rendering long treatment for alcoholism.



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