Follow-up study of 153 alcoholic inpatients who received over 2 weeks of treatment and their families was conducted by the telephone interview and structured questionnaire. The results were as follows : 1) Within 6 months after discharge, about 80.3% of the patients had a first-drinking experience while only 12.4% of them remained abstinent after 2 years. 2) After discharge, about 67.2% of the patients improved or were abstinent but only 3.6% of them worsened compared to the pre-admission period. 3) After discharge, 66.4% of the patients discontinued their treatment whereas only 13.9% of them continued to receive out-patient treatments. 4) The drinking pattern was significantly correlated with behavioral pattern, social and job adaptations, interpersonal relationship and familial relationship( P < .0 0 1). 5) As for the attitude of the families towards the effectiveness of the neuropsychiatric in patient treatment, 73% of them responded that the treatment had been effective. 6) The annual mortality rate in alcoholic patient after discharge(3.5*%) was two times more than the control group(1 .6% ) . 7) The most frequency cause of death among discharged alcoholics was circulatory system disease wuch as liver cirrhosis, hepatic cancer and cardiac arrest whereas that in the control group was of unknown etiology (eg, natural death induced by aging process).
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