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The comorbidity of obsessive compulsive disorder and alcoholism


, : The comorbidity of obsessive compulsive disorder and alcoholism. Journal of Anxiety Disorders 6(2): 105-110

We assessed 50 male alcohol-dependent subjects for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and 25 male and 25 female obsessive-compulsive patients for a history of alcoholism. Structured interviews revealed that 12% of the alcoholic subjects currently met DSM-III-R criteria for OCD, a rate approximately five to six times as great as that in the general population. Although it is widely believed that OCD is rare among Black people, four out of the six alcoholic subjects with OCD were Black. Also, structured interviews revealed that 16% of the obsessive-compulsive men and 4% of the obsessive-compulsive women had a lifetime history of alcohol dependence. These rates do not appear higher than those found in community samples. These data suggest that estimates of the comorbidity of OCD and alcoholism depend upon the population sampled.

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