Age effects on the clinical presentation of alcoholics at a psychiatric hospital

Jack R. Cornelius, Horacio Fabrega, Patrick J. Maher, Amy Jones-Barlock, Ihsan M. Salloum, Richard F. Ulrich, Juan E. Mezzich

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Abstract

Little is known about the effects of age on the clinical presentation of alcoholism in various treatment settings, despite the clinical importance of this factor. This study evaluates the effect of age on the clinical profile of 604 alcoholics who presented for initial evaluation and treatment at a psychiatric hospital. Young alcoholics displayed the most prominent substance use, antisocial behavior, depressive symptoms (including suicidality), and impulsivity. Early middle-aged alcoholics displayed the highest levels of drinking. Elderly alcoholics displayed the highest levels of cognitive dysfunction, although some level of cognitive dysfunction was present among even the youngest alcoholics. These findings confirm and clarify the effects of age on the clinical profile of alcoholics presenting for initial evaluation at a psychiatric hospital.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-217
Number of pages5
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Cornelius, J. R., Fabrega, H., Maher, P. J., Jones-Barlock, A., Salloum, I. M., Ulrich, R. F., & Mezzich, J. E. (1997). Age effects on the clinical presentation of alcoholics at a psychiatric hospital. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 38(4), 213-217. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0010-440X(97)90029-8