Gender differences in the relationship between depressive symptoms and cravings in alcoholism

Nelli Boykoff, Terry D. Schneekloth, Daniel Hall-Flavin, Larissa Loukianova, Victor M. Karpyak, Susanna R. Stevens, Joanna M. Biernacka, David A. Mrazek, Mark A. Frye

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Abstract

This study examines the clinical correlates of alcohol craving in men and women self-referred for addiction treatment. Admission clinical data from patients participating in the Mayo Clinic 1-month Intensive Addictions Program were evaluated. Women had higher BDI and PACS scores compared with men in both the entire cohort and Dual Diagnoses group. Alcohol-dependent females had the most marked correlation between BDI and PACS (ρ =.78). Further prospective study is encouraged to evaluate whether depressive symptoms and concomitant alcohol cravings in women are a marker for relief cravings and, as such, a target symptom for treatment intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)352-356
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal on Addictions
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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