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Alcohol Dependence Four Times More Likely In Adults With Mental Illness

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Alcohol dependence is four times more likely among adults with mental illness, compared with those without mental illness, according to a new government survey. The survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found the rate of alcohol dependence among adults with mental illness was 9.6 percent, compared with 2.2 percent for those without mental illness.

Medical News Today reports that the rate of alcohol dependence increases along with the severity of mental illness. While 7.9 percent of adults with mild mental illness were alcohol dependent, that rate rose to 10 percent for those with moderate mental illness and 13.2 percent for those with serious mental illness.

“Mental and substance use disorders often go hand in hand. This SAMHSA study adds to the evidence of this connection,” SAMHSA Administrator, Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., said in a news release. “Co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders are to be expected, not considered the exception. Unfortunately, signs and symptoms of these behavioral health conditions are often missed by individuals, their friends and family members and unnoticed by health professionals. The results can be devastating and costly to our society.”

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  1. Avatar of Preeti
    Preeti / June 4, 2011 at 4:11 am

    Mental and behavioural problems are increasing part of the health problems the world over. A mental illness is an illness of the mind. People with a mental illness often behave in strange ways, or have strange thoughts, in the view of others. A mental disorder or mental illness is a psychological pattern generally associated with disability that occurs in an individual, and which is not a part of normal development. People with a mental illness often have problems dealing with other people, or leading what is called a normal life. Research has advanced the understanding of psychiatric disorders and made major contributions to their treatment.

    Documentary – “The Marketing of Madness – Are We All Insane?” reveals the fact of psychiatry world that psychotropic drugging is a business. It exposes the truth behind the marketing schemes and scientific deceit that conceal a dangerous and often deadly sales campaign. How valid are psychiatrists’ diagnosis – and how safe are the drugs?

    To watch please visit – http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/3932

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