Alcoholism in patients with sexual disorders

Peter Fagan, Chester W. Schmidt, Thomas N. Wise, Leonard R. Derogatis

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The authors screened for alcoholism 145 consecutive patients who presented with sexual dysfunction or disorders. Using the Michigan Alcoholic Screening Test (MAST), 29% of the patients scored in the probable alcoholic range. Probable alcoholics were more likely to present without a partner and claimed higher sex drive than nonalcoholic patients. Probable alcoholic males reported less joy and vigor than probable alcoholic females, while the reverse held for the nonalcoholic groups. Blind to the MAST results, the staff made six alcohol-related diagnoses and referred one patient for alcohol treatment. The authors discussed the importance of training faculty and resident staff in the relationship of alcohol abuse associated with psychosexual dysfunctions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-252
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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