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Indian J Psychiatry. 1997 Jan;39(1):18-23.

A prospective study of treatment outcome in alcohol dependence from a deaddiction centre in India.

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  • 1JOHN ABRAHAM, M.D., Former Senior Resident, Department of Psychiatry, Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry-605006.


A naturalistic, uncontrolled follow up study was carried out -in 60 cases of alcohol dependence syndrome diagnosed according to DSM-III-R at JIPMER.Pondicherry. At the end of one year, 32.5% of patients could he classified under abstinent and non prohlein drinker category. 35% continued to drink hut showed improvement in social and occupational functioning. 32.5% remained in the unimproved group. None of the preireatment variables could differentiate patients with favourable outcome from those with unfavourable outcome. Duration of disulfiram use was strongly associated with a favourable outcome.


alcohol dependence; disulfiram; outcome

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