Personality Correlates

In community samples, 28.6% of individuals with a current alcohol use disorder have at least one personality disorder, and 47.7% of those with a current drug use disorder have at least one personality disorder (Grant et al., 2004). Furthermore, of individuals with at least one personality disorder, 16.4% had a current alcohol use disorder and 6.5% had a current drug use disorder. Personality disorders are associated with poorer treatment outcome for patients with alcohol dependence and those with drug dependence (Helzer & Pryzbeck, 1988; Rounsaville, Dolinsky, Babor, & Meyer, 1987). In various treatment settings, patients with SUDs screened with standard instruments meet criteria for personality disorders, with 57-73% having at least one personality disorder diagnosis, and 35-50% having at least two personality disorder diagnoses (Kleinman et al., 1990; Kranzler, Satel, & Apter, 1994; Marlowe et al., 1995; Rounsaville et al., 1998; Skinstad & Swain, 2001). Personality disorder diagnoses are associated with an increased risk of multiple substance use in IDUs (Darke, Williamson, Ross, Teesson, & Lynskey, 2004).

Alcohol No More

Alcohol No More

Do you love a drink from time to time? A lot of us do, often when socializing with acquaintances and loved ones. Drinking may be beneficial or harmful, depending upon your age and health status, and, naturally, how much you drink.

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