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Disability associated with alcohol abuse and dependence.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD).
2010 (English)In: Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, ISSN 0145-6008, Vol. 34, no 11, 1871-1878 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Alcohol use disorders (AUD), i.e., alcohol dependence and abuse, are major contributors to burden of disease. A large part of this burden is because of disability. However, there is still controversy about the best disability weighting for AUD. The objective of this study was to provide an overview of alcohol-related disabilities.

Methods: Systematic literature review and expert interviews.

Results: There is heterogeneity in experts’ descriptions of disabilities related to AUD. The major core attributes of disability related to AUD are changes of emotional state, social relationships, memory and thinking. The most important supplementary attributes are anxiety, impairments of speech and hearing.

Conclusions: This review identified the main patterns of disability associated with AUD. However, there was considerable variability, and data on less prominent patterns were fragmented. Further and systematic research is required for increasing the knowledge on disability related to AUD and for application of interventions for reducing the associated burden.

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New York, 2010. Vol. 34, no 11, 1871-1878 p.
Keyword [en]
Alcohol Abuse;Alcohol Dependence;Alcohol Use Disorders;Disability;Global Burden of Disease
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-53389DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2010.01275.xOAI: diva2:390627
Available from: 2011-01-22 Created: 2011-01-22 Last updated: 2011-04-12Bibliographically approved

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