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Sharper picture of major depression and alcohol disorders

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The NESARC data set, interview, descriptive materials, and citations are available at http://niaaa.census.gov/. News releases based on NESARC data and additional alcohol research information and publications are available at www.niaaa.nih.gov.

*The NESARC defined lifetime MDD as having had at least one major depressive episode (at least 2 weeks of persistent depressed mood accompanied by at least five symptoms of DSM-IV major depression without history of a bipolar disorder) over the life course. Current MDD was defined as having had at least one major depressive episode during the 12 months preceding the survey among persons classified with lifetime MDD.

** The AUDs alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse (together with nicotine and illicit drug use disorders) comprise DSM-IV substance use disorders. Alcohol dependence, also known as alcoholism, is characterized by impaired control over drinking, compulsive drinking, preoccupation with drinking, withdrawal symptoms, and/or tolerance to alcohol. Alcohol abuse is characterized by recurrent drinking resulting in failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school, or home; persistent or recurrent alcohol-related interpersonal, social, or legal problems; and/or recurrent drinking in hazardous situations.


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Contact: Ann Bradley
abradley@mail.nih.gov
301-443-3860
NIH/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
3-Oct-2005


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