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Impairment of Executive Function in Alcohol Dependent Persons

Prosenjit Ghosh

Keywords : Alcohol dependence, Cognitive functions, Executive function, Frontal lobe functions, Neocortex

Citation Information : Ghosh P. Impairment of Executive Function in Alcohol Dependent Persons. Ind J Priv Psychiatry 2018; 12 (1):1-6.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10067-0010

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-03-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; The Author(s).


Aims: To compare the executive dysfunction of alcoholic dependent cases with age-matched controls. Methods: Fifty alcohol dependent cases along with fifty healthy relatives of the patients selected randomly were included in this single interview cross-sectional hospital-based study. The executive function of all the cases and control were tested by applying the frontal assessment battery (FAB). Results: On making a comparison of the scores of the FAB between the cases and the controls, it was found that the mean score of the cases was 10.02 with a standard deviation of 2.64 indicating more executive dysfunction whereas that of the controls was 16.96 with a standard deviation of 1.56 showing better executive functioning. Conclusion: Regular and long-term alcohol intake significantly impairs the executive functions.

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