Awareness and treatment of alcohol dependence in Japan: results from internet-based surveys in persons, family, physicians and society.
Bottom Line: To understand current awareness of, and views on, treatment of alcohol dependence in Japan. (a) Nationwide internet-based survey of 520 individuals, consisting of 52 diagnosed alcohol-dependent (AD) persons, 154 potentially alcohol-dependent (ADP) persons, 104 family members and 106 friends/colleagues of AD persons, and 104 general individuals, derived from a consumer panel where the response rate was 64.3%.AD and ADP persons in Japan have low 'disease awareness' defined as 'understanding of signs, symptoms and consequences of alcohol use disorders,' which is in line with the overseas situation.While abstinence remains the preferred treatment goal among physicians, reduced drinking seems to be an acceptable alternative treatment goal to many persons and physicians in Japan.
Affiliation: Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Lundbeck Japan K.K., 5-1-4 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0001, Japan email@example.com.Show MeSH
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Mentions: Self-awareness of drinking by the AD and ADP persons, and general population (drinkers only) are described in Fig. 1, as answers to the question, ‘How problematic do you think your drinking is in each of the following situations in daily life?’ A non-significant trend was found showing that ADP persons were more concerned than AD persons about the effects of drinking on their health, mental health, social life and relationships with their family and friends/colleagues. Compared with the general population, AD persons were more concerned about their physical health, and ADP persons were more concerned about their human relationships (family and friends/colleagues) with significant difference (P < 0.05).Fig. 1.
Affiliation: Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Lundbeck Japan K.K., 5-1-4 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0001, Japan firstname.lastname@example.org.