This study investigates the predictors of mortality in 158 male alcoholics who were psychiatrically hospitalized between 1907 and 1968 and followed for >20 years. The findings showed that an older age, liver cimhosis, and separation or divorce at intake were all associated with a shorter time to death. These results corroborate those of other follow‐up studies that have identified age, health, and social support as independent correlates of mortality in alcoholics. From a therapeutic standpoint, the most alterable predictor is social support. Thus, the establishment of a salutary social network and social support system should be an integral part of the alcoholic's treatment plan.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research|
|State||Published - Aug 1995|
- Social Support