Towards an integrated clinical psychobiology of alcoholism

Martin, Colin R. and Bonner, Adrian B. (2005) Towards an integrated clinical psychobiology of alcoholism. Current Psychiatry Reviews, 1 (3). pp. 303-312. ISSN 1573-4 005 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Alcohol dependency is a complex multi-factorial clinical presentation characterized by etiological ambiguity, poor treatment adherence and unfavorable prognosis. Recent evidence suggest considerable heterogeneity in this patient group across a number of neurological, genetic, psychological and personality parameters which relate directly to the clinical manifestation and course of this chronic condition. The current review examines contemporary cross-disciplinary research reports to present an integrated psychobiological synthesis of the main themes. The psychobiological model proposed offers a template for both clinicians and researchers to evaluate the relative contribution of key indicators to the end-point gestalt of alcohol dependency. Analysis and integration of psychobiological risk factors are illuminated within the context of sub-type identification, tailored treatment interventions and clinical outcome prediction. Implications for current psychiatric practice and the direction of future research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: addiction; alcohol dependency; alcoholism; psychobiology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2010 11:47
Last Modified: 30 May 2014 10:50
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/24734 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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