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BRIEF RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 57  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33-35

A study on socio-demographic characteristics of alcoholics attending the de-addiction center at Burdwan medical college and hospital in West Bengal


1 Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Burdwan Medical College, Burdwan, India
2 Medical Officer in Charge, Drug De-Addiction Center, Burdwan, India
3 Medical Officer, Burdwan Medical College, Burdwan, India
4 Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Burdwan Medical College, Burdwan, India
5 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Burdwan Medical College, Burdwan, India
6 Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Burdwan Medical College, Burdwan, India

Correspondence Address:
Aditya Prasad Sarkar
Department of Community Medicine, Burdwan Medical College, Baburbag, Burdwan - 713 101
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.111366

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Prevalence of alcohol use in India is reported to be 21.4% and there is increasing alcohol intake among the young people. The present study was undertaken to study the socio-demographic characteristics of patients having alcohol-related disorders attending the de-addiction center at Burdwan Medical College in West Bengal and to find out some factors responsible for that. A clinic-based descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted among 187 patients with the help of pre-tested pre-designed schedule after obtaining informed consent. Data analysis was carried out with the help of Epi info software version 6. Majority of the patients were male, in productive age group and married. Age of initiation and amount of alcohol intake were significantly associated with positive family history of alcoholism. Children having family history of alcoholism should be counseled to prevent development of alcoholism.


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