Prevalence of sexual dysfunction in cases of alcohol dependence syndrome


  • Amitabh Saha Department of Psychiatry, Command Hospital, Pune, India


Sexual dysfunction, Erectile dysfunction, Premature ejaculation, Psychiatric morbidity, Orgasmic dysfunction, Alcohol dependence


Background: The prevalence of sexual dysfunction in those people who consume alcohol has been known to occur frequently. The etiology of this dysfunction needs to be considered. The most common condition reported in our study was decreased sexual drive followed closely by erectile dysfunction.

Methods: A total of 50 alcohol dependent male inpatients were recruited for this study. Scales using AUDIT, HAM-D, HAM-A, BSF, IIEF, and IIP were used.

Results: The prevalence of sexual dysfunction reported by the subjects was 72%.Mean scores of different types of sexual dysfunction was statistically significant compared to the control group. There was an association observed between years of drinking and all domains of sexual function on all the scales.

Conclusions: The chances of developing sexual dysfunctions appear to increase with increasing years of alcohol consumed. This study has focused on the prevalence of sexual dysfunction in chronic alcohol consumers fulfilling the diagnostic criteria for alcohol dependence syndrome.


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