ALCOHOL USE RELATIONSHIP WITH SOCIODEMOGRAPHIC AND DISEASE-RELATED FACTORS AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN SCHIZOPHRENIA INPATIENTS
The aim is to evaluate the relationship between alcohol use and sociodemographic and disease-related factors, and a quality of life in schizophrenia inpatients. This clinical testing was carried out in the Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kauno klinikos Department of Psychiatry. 47 schizophrenic patients were examined using sociodemographic questionnaire, CAGE questionnaire and SF-36 (quality of life) questionnaire. Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) software was used to investigate the statistical data. The testing showed that problematic use of alcohol was diagnosed in every third middle aged patient suffering from schizophrenia. It was also established that women who suffer from schizophrenia are significantly less susceptible to problematic alcohol use than men. Furthermore, it was ascertained that patients inclined to problematic alcohol use have a significantly worse social function than patients for whom alcohol use was non-problematic. In addition, the study found problematic alcohol use is not related to the duration of schizophrenia or to the number of times a patient was hospitalized during illness.