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A test battery consisting of the Beck Depression Inventory, Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale, Rathus Assertiveness Schedule, and Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory was administered to newly admitted alcoholic patients receiving pharmacological aversion treatment at a private facility. The results found 42 per cent of these patients to be clinically depressed. This depressed group was also significantly more depressed than relapsed patients readmitted for further treatment. The depressed group appeared qualitatively different in being younger and in reporting significantly more psycho-pathology on the MMPI. In addition, significant sex differences appeared in that women reported more psychopathology and less overall social skill than their male counterparts. Arguments were presented for both assessing and treating depression and social skill deficits in multifaceted treatment programmes for alcoholics.