Alcohol Dependence Syndrome Among Older Adults Attending Psychiatry OPD of a Private Hospital in Western Region of Nepal

  • JB Khattri Department of Psychiatry, Manipal Teaching Hospital, Pokhara
  • BM Poudel Vyas Nagar Hospital, Damauli
  • ST Godar Department of Ophthalmology, Manipal Teaching Hospital, Pokhara
  • K Ramesh Department of Psychiatry, Manipal Teaching Hospital, Pokhara
  • PK Chakrabortty Department of Psychiatry, Manipal Teaching Hospital, Pokhara
  • BB Thapa Depatment of Internal Medicine, Western Regional Hospital, Pokhara
Keywords: Alcohol dependence syndrome, older adults, psychiatric OPD

Abstract

Background: Alcohol use disorders in elderly people are common and associated with considerable morbidity. The objective is to estimate the prevalence of alcohol dependence syndrome among elderly patients attending psychiatric outpatient department of a private hospital in Western region of Nepal.

Methods: A total of 80 elderly patients aged 65 years and above who attended the psychiatry outpatient department of Fewa City Hospital and Research Centre, Pokhara, Nepal were included in the study. A semistructured Performa was used to record the sociodemographic variables and the diagnosis was made according to ICD-10 Diagnostic Criteria for Research.

Results: Five percent of the samples were diagnosed with alcohol dependence syndrome. The male to female ratio was 3:1.

Conclusion: Results show high rates of alcohol dependence among the elderly population attending the outpatient department of a private hospital in Western Region of Nepal.

Keywords: Alcohol dependence syndrome; older adults; psychiatric OPD

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/njms.v1i1.5796  

Nepal Journal of Medical Sciences. 2012; 1(1): 39-41

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Khattri, J., Poudel, B., Godar, S., Ramesh, K., Chakrabortty, P., & Thapa, B. (1). Alcohol Dependence Syndrome Among Older Adults Attending Psychiatry OPD of a Private Hospital in Western Region of Nepal. Nepal Journal of Medical Sciences, 1(1), 39-41. https://doi.org/10.3126/njms.v1i1.5796
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