Published: 2021-09-22

Comparison of personality factors among alcoholics and non-alcoholics attending a tertiary care center in Puducherry

Praveen Kumar R., Umesh G., Karthikeyan V. U.


Background: Alcohol consumption is a addictive behavior, which eventually leads to personality disorder, stress. However, in recent times it was noted that duration of alcohol consumption is an important factor for the changes in personality profile. Hence this study was conducted to assess the personality disorders among the person who started consuming alcohol in the past 1-5 years with those of non-alcoholics.

Methods: This prospective cross sectional study was conducted to assess the personality profile among alcoholics and non-alcoholic individuals in the department of psychiatry in Sri Venkateshwara medical college hospital and research institute, Puducherry during the January 2019 to June 2019. A total of 80 participants with 40 alcohol consuming cases and 40 controls were included in this study. For assessing the personality disorder, 16 personality factor (PF) questionnaires were used.

Results: Personality profile like factor F which represents liveliness and Q4 which represents primary factor regarding tension were found to be greatly affected among cases who consume alcohol compared to non-alcoholic controls.

Conclusions: Significant changes noted in personality profile among cases who consume alcohol occurred within 1-5 years of starting alcohol consumption.


16 PF, Alcoholics, Personality, Non-alcoholics

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