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Br J Psychiatry. 1990 Apr;156:475-8.

Psychiatric emergencies, Scotland and the World Cup finals.

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  • 1Department of Psychological Medicine, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh.


Reductions in emergency psychiatric presentations to hospital occurred during and after the finals of the World Cup football competitions, an effect evident in women as well as men, and more marked among the mentally ill than those who were not. Increases in the numbers of schizophrenic and neurotic men presenting before, and alcoholic men during, the competitions can be attributed to the football. The generalised reductions during and after could reflect an indirect effect upon help-seeking, although actual relapse rates of mental illnesses might be affected. These changes could arise from enhancement of national identity and cohesion.

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