Sexual Dysfunction in Male Patients with Alcohol Dependence Syndrome - A Clinical Study
Sexual Dysfunction in Male Patients with Alcohol Dependence Syndrome
Background: Sexual dysfunctions are heterogeneous group of disorders that are typically characterized by a clinically significant disturbance in a person’s ability to respond sexually or to experience sexual pleasure (DSM 5). Alcohol dependence syndrome is characterized by strong desire to take alcohol, impaired control over drinking behaviour, physiological withdrawal state, evidence of tolerance, preoccupation with substance use, harmful use of alcohol. The relationship between alcohol consumption and sexual dysfunction is complex. Virtually all aspects of the human sexual response are affected by alcohol. The aim is to assess prevalence and pattern of sexual dysfunction among patients with alcohol dependence syndrome, in comparison with non alcoholics. Subjects and Methods: Our study included 60 participants (30 Cases and 30 Controls). Cases were patients from De-addiction ward, and controls from relatives of patients. All 60 participants were subjected to Socio-demographic profile matching and assessed for the prevalence and pattern of sexual dysfunction among patients with alcohol dependence syndrome, in comparison with non alcoholics by administering different questionnaires and inventories. Result: It has been found the prevalence of sexual dysfunction in multiple domains is significantly higher in alcohol dependents compared to controls. Conclusion : As sexual functioning is significantly affected by alcohol, proper screening for sexual functioning of all patients with alcohol dependence syndrome can result in better prognosis and quality of life of those patients.
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