Disability Associated With Alcohol Abuse and Dependence
Article first published online: 26 OCT 2010
Copyright © 2010 by the Research Society on Alcoholism
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
Volume 34, Issue 11, pages 1871–1878, November 2010
How to Cite
Samokhvalov, A. V., Popova, S., Room, R., Ramonas, M. and Rehm, J. (2010), Disability Associated With Alcohol Abuse and Dependence. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 34: 1871–1878. doi: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2010.01275.x
- Issue published online: 26 OCT 2010
- Article first published online: 26 OCT 2010
- Received for publication January 12, 2010; accepted May 7, 2010.
- Alcohol Abuse;
- Alcohol Dependence;
- Alcohol Use Disorders;
- Global Burden of Disease
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.