Volume 4, Issue 3, May 2016, Page: 38-42
Comorbidity of Alcohol Use Disorder and Depression Among Patients Attending a Tertiary Hospital in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria
Okeafor Chukwuma Ugochukwu, Department of Neuropsychiatry, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Chukwujekwu Chidozie Donald, Department of Neuropsychiatry, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Stanley Princewill Chukwuemeka, Department of Neuropsychiatry, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Received: Apr. 30, 2016;       Accepted: May 9, 2016;       Published: May 17, 2016
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajpn.20160403.11      View  3355      Downloads  153
The study aims to ascertain the co-morbidity of Alcohol and Depression among patients attending the general outpatient clinic of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital. Via a system sampling method; 470 consenting subjects were enlisted in the study. The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Inventory (AUDIT) and the Beck’s Depression Inventory (BDI) were administered to each. Only one hundred and eighty five subjects met the criteria for the second stage of the study, (a score of 18 and above on the BDI and/or a score of 5 and above on AUDIT). Results showed that there was a significantly higher prevalence of Alcohol Use Disorders among those with higher depressive symptoms. Furthermore, about (45.8%) half of these with Alcohol Use Disorders were diagnosed with depression in comparison to 26.0% of those without Alcohol Use Disorder. In agreement with other studies, there was a greater likelihood of depression among the subjects who were diagnosed with AUD. Nevertheless, the specific mechanism underlying this co-morbidity is yet to be elucidated.
Depression, Alcohol, Co-morbidity, Disorder
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Okeafor Chukwuma Ugochukwu, Chukwujekwu Chidozie Donald, Stanley Princewill Chukwuemeka, Comorbidity of Alcohol Use Disorder and Depression Among Patients Attending a Tertiary Hospital in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria, American Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience. Vol. 4, No. 3, 2016, pp. 38-42. doi: 10.11648/j.ajpn.20160403.11
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