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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Show MeSH
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Mentions: Attitudes regarding the social acceptance of excessive drinkers and alcohol-dependent persons are described in Fig. 2. In these three groups, 70–80% of the respondents answered that alcohol-dependent patients were not socially acceptable, significantly different (P < 0.05) from the same respondents' social acceptability rating of excessive drinkers.Fig. 2.
Affiliation: Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Lundbeck Japan K.K., 5-1-4 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0001, Japan email@example.com.