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Alcoholics in psychiatric institutions

A nationwide Danish follow-up

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Two epidemiologically defined cohorts of first-referred clients to outpatient clinics for alcoholics (1972 and 1982) were followed up. It was found that previous hospitalization is a pointer to admission to psychiatric institutions. More females are admitted than males and they are more often diagnosed as depressive. Over an 11-year follow-up period, the admitted males of the 1972 cohort spent an average of 112 days in psychiatric institutions, and the females an average of 132 days.

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Munk-Jørgensen, P., Jørgensen, P. Alcoholics in psychiatric institutions. Soc Psychiatry 21, 146–151 (1986).

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  • Outpatient Clinic
  • Previous Hospitalization
  • Psychiatric Institution