Risk factors of alcoholism in Taiwan Chinese: an epidemiological approach

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  • H.-G. Hwu,

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    1. Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Republic of China
      Hai-Gwo Hwu, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University and Staff Psychiatrist, National Taiwan University Hospital, 1 Chang-Te Street, Taipei, Taiwan 10016, Republic of China
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  • E.-K. Yeh,

    1. Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Republic of China
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  • Y.-L. Yeh

    1. Taipei City Psychiatric Center, Taipei, Republic of China
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  • Hwu H-G, Yeh E-K. Yeh Y-L. Risk factors of alcoholism in Taiwan Chinese: an epidemiological approach.

Hai-Gwo Hwu, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University and Staff Psychiatrist, National Taiwan University Hospital, 1 Chang-Te Street, Taipei, Taiwan 10016, Republic of China

ABSTRACT

This study investigated the risk factors of alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence, as defined by DSM-III criteria, in 11,004 Chinese subjects in the Taiwan community. Risk factors were analyzed using chi-square and multivariate logistic regression statistics. The logistic regression shows that the risk factors of alcohol dependence include male, having had childhood or adulthood behavior problems; of alcohol abuse include male, having had childhood or adulthood behavior problems, non-metropolitan community, age cohort, job-holder. The etiological models proposed are biological for Chinese alcohol dependence and interactional for Chinese alcohol abuse.

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