Jul 1, 1977

Female alcoholics. I. Ways of admission of the alcoholic patient. A study special reference to the alcoholic female

Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
L Dahlgren, M Myrhed


The aim of this study has been to describe the different ways in which 100 alcoholics of each sex sought treatment, with special reference to the females. In addition, some psychiatric and social characteristics of the two groups of patients are presented. A significantly higher number of the females were admitted as a result of an acute complication: unconsciousness, suicide attempt, confusion, neurological disorders, etc., while the males generally sought treatment under less dramatic circumstances. As the patients selected were early cases, most had not been treated before, but in those with previous in-patient psychiatric treatment a diagnosis without an alcohol connection was significantly more common among the women. Drug abuse was considerably more frequent among the female as compared with the male alcoholics, and the specific lonely drinking pattern was also more common among the women. A striking difference between the sexes appeared with respect to partner: more than one-half of the married women had alcoholic husbands. The corresponding figure for the married men amounted to about 10%.

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Psychiatric Inpatient
Emergency Services, Psychiatric
Alcohol Abuse
Harassment, Non-Sexual
Psychiatry Specialty
Alcohol Consumption
Nervous System Disorder
Medical History Taking

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