This study was supported by grants from the Swedish Medical Council, the Public Health Services of Lund, the Sjöbring Fund, and the O.M. Persson Memorial Fund.
A Suicide Peak after Weekends and Holidays in Patients with Alcohol Dependence
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
2003 The American Association for Suicidology
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume 33, Issue 2, pages 186–191, Summer 2003
How to Cite
Brådvik, L. and Berglund, M. (2003), A Suicide Peak after Weekends and Holidays in Patients with Alcohol Dependence. Suicide and Life-Threat Behavi, 33: 186–191. doi: 10.1521/suli.220.127.116.1173
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
- Manuscript Received: February 4, 2002 Revision Accepted: October 3, 2002
This paper analyzes the variation of suicide by day of the week in alcohol dependence, with public holidays taken into consideration. From 1949 through 1969, 1,312 patients with alcohol dependence were admitted to the Department of Psychiatry in Lund. By 1997, a total of 102 (99 men) alcoholic patients had taken their own life. Suicide victims with severe depression and other diagnoses were compared. There was a suicide peak on the first two days after weekends and holidays in patients with alcohol dependence (p < .05). Alcohol withdrawal is proposed as a contributor to the suicide peak.