Prevalence and correlates of DSM-IV alcohol abuse and dependence in Australia: Findings of the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing

Teesson, Maree, Hall, Wayne, Slade, Tim, Mills, Katherine, Grove, Rachel, Mewton, Louise, Baillie, Andrew and Haber, Paul (2010) Prevalence and correlates of DSM-IV alcohol abuse and dependence in Australia: Findings of the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. Addiction, 105 12: 2085-2094. doi:10.1111/j.1360-0443.2010.03096.x


Author Teesson, Maree
Hall, Wayne
Slade, Tim
Mills, Katherine
Grove, Rachel
Mewton, Louise
Baillie, Andrew
Haber, Paul
Title Prevalence and correlates of DSM-IV alcohol abuse and dependence in Australia: Findings of the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal name Addiction   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0965-2140
1360-0443
Publication date 2010-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2010.03096.x
Volume 105
Issue 12
Start page 2085
End page 2094
Total pages 10
Editor Robert West
Thomas F. Babor
Place of publication Oxford, U.K
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aims To report nationally representative data on the prevalence and correlates (including psychiatric comorbidity and treatment) of DSM-IV alcohol abuse and dependence in Australian adults.

Design The 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (NSMHWB).

Setting Australian nationally representative household survey.

Participants 8841 Australian adults (16–85 years).

Measurements Interview schedule that assessed symptoms of the most prevalent DSM-IV mental disorders in the life-time and the past 12 months.

Findings Prevalence of life-time and 12-month disorders was 18.3% and 2.9% for alcohol abuse and 3.9% and 1.4% for alcohol dependence. Current alcohol abuse and dependence was significantly more common in males and younger adults. There were significant associations between current alcohol use and other drug use disorders (OR 18.2) and between anxiety disorders and alcohol use disorders (OR 2.6). Only 22.4% of those with alcohol use disorders were treated for their alcohol disorder.

Conclusions Alcohol use disorders are highly prevalent, especially among young adult males. Comorbidity between anxiety and other drug use disorders is common and remains a significant challenge for the delivery of effective health-care services and treatment. The low rate of effective interventions for alcohol problems is a significant public health concern.
© 2010 The Authors, Addiction © 2010 Society for the Study of Addiction
Keyword Alcohol abuse
Alcohol dependence
DSM-IV
Epidemiology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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