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Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2009 Jun;33(6):1111-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2009.00933.x. Epub 2009 Mar 23.

Alcohol-related disorders in Beijing, China: prevalence, socio-demographic correlates, and unmet need for treatment.

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The Beijing Anding Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China.



The study aimed to determine the prevalence of alcohol use, episodic heavy drinking, and alcohol dependence and their socio-demographic correlates in Beijing, China. methods: A total of 5,926 subjects were randomly selected in Beijing and interviewed using the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI 1.0). Data on basic socio-demographic and current major medical conditions were also collected.


The 12-month prevalence of alcohol use and episodic heavy drinking were 32.5 and 13.8%, respectively. The 12-month and lifetime prevalence of alcohol dependence were 1.7 and 4.3%, respectively. Age above 24 years, male sex, being married and employed, low education level (junior high school, primary school or illiterate), rural residence, and having comorbid psychiatric disorders were all significantly associated with a higher likelihood of alcohol-related disorders. Only 2.4% of the subjects with alcohol dependence were receiving treatment, and a mere 1.4% had sought treatment from mental health professionals.


Nationwide surveys are urgently needed to further explore the prevalence of alcohol-related disorders in China.

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