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The relationship of family history of alcoholism to primary affective disorder.

Authors
  • Hensel, B
  • Dunner, D L
  • Fieve, R R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Affective Disorders
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1979
Volume
1
Issue
2
Pages
105–113
Identifiers
PMID: 162493
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

One hundred sixty-eight patients with primary affective disorder were studied regarding history of alcohol-related problems. Alcohol-related problems were identified in 19 patients. We found that the morbid risk for alcoholism was significantly increased among relatives of male patients with drinking problems as compared to relatives of male patients without drinking problems. Our data suggest that psychiatric illness in relatives of probands with severe bipolar illness tends to be affective disorder tends to include alcoholism plus affective disorder.

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