Young female psychiatric patients' reasons for excessive alcohol use: a qualitative interview study
2013 (English)In: Mental Health and Substance Use, ISSN 1752-3281, Vol. 6, no 4, 315-324 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
There is a strong and multidirectional link between excessive alcohol use and psychiatric disorders. A large proportion (46.6%) of young female psychiatric outpatients report drinking above hazardous levels. This study explores high risk-drinking young female psychiatric patients' view of the role of alcohol in their lives. A further aim was to identify factors that may facilitate changes in drinking habits. Semi-structured interviews with open-ended questions were performed. The main areas of interest were: positive/negative aspects of alcohol use, risk situations for excessive drinking and factors facilitating change in drinking habits. Data were analysed using qualitative content analysis, a process that includes identifying, coding and categorizing components of the interviews. Nine female high risk-drinking psychiatric patients (mean age 22.2 ± 3.5 years) were interviewed. The reasons for excessive alcohol use were either external, in which case the young females wanted to live up to social expectations, or internal, in which case alcohol was used as an escape from negative feelings or for the purpose of self-harm. The participants requested help from psychiatric care-givers to focus on reasons for drinking and help with addressing underlying needs more functionally. To help avoid the development of complicated comorbidity, psychiatric providers must be aware of the role of alcohol in the patient's life. The categories identified in this study can be used by psychiatric health-care professionals in an interview scheme or checklist when meeting young female patients with excessive drinking.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 6, no 4, 315-324 p.
Young females, risk drinking, hazardous alcohol use, harmful alcohol use, psychiatric patients, qualitative
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject Psychiatry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-179332DOI: 10.1080/17523281.2012.755559OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-179332DiVA: diva2:544207