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07 September 2010

Co-existing alcohol abuse seldom treated

Between 30 and 60% of alcohol abusers have underlying depression and anxiety disorders. Yet many doctors treat anxiety and depression but fail to treat alcohol dependence.

Between 30 and 60% of alcohol abusers have underlying depression and anxiety disorders. Yet many doctors treat anxiety and depression but fail to treat alcohol dependence at the same time.

In the long run alcohol worsens depression even though alcohol intoxication gives the sufferer an immediate escape from depression.

  • 10 - 15% of all populations fall into the trap of alcohol dependence.
  • About 30 - 40% of persons with alcohol related disorders meet diagnostic criteria of major depression.
  • Depression is more common in alcohol dependent women than men.
  • Most successful suicides are carried out under the influence of alcohol.
  • 25 - 50% of alcoholics have anxiety disorders.
  • 70% of people who die unnaturally are intoxicated.
  • Addiction is a major dilemma in the mental health of the SA population.

 
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