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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 10-19

A review of Indian research on co-occurring psychiatric disorders and alcohol use disorders


1 Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, WHO Collaborating Centre on Substance Abuse, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India; Regional Mentor International Programme in Addiction Studies, Master of Science in Addiction Studies, King's College London, UK; University of Adelaide, Australia; Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

Correspondence Address:
Shalini Singh
Department of Psychiatry, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, WHO Collaborating Centre on Substance Abuse, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0253-7176.175089

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Excessive use of alcohol has been identified as a major contributor to the global burden of disease. Excessive use of alcohol is a component cause of more than 200 disease and injury conditions. Alcohol use has been associated with increased morbidity and mortality across all regions of the world including South-East Asia. Epidemiological as well as clinic-based studies from Western countries have reported a high prevalence of co-occurrence of alcohol use disorder and psychiatric disorders. The research has established the clinical relevance of this comorbidity as it is often associated with poor treatment outcome, severe illness course, and high service utilization. Understandably, dual disorders in from of alcohol use disorders and psychiatric disorders present diagnostic and management challenge. The current article is aimed to review systematically the published Indian literature on comorbid alcohol use disorders and psychiatric disorders.


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