Alcohol and suicidality: could deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS) be a possible treatment? Academic Article uri icon


  • The prevalence of alcohol abuse increased in the United States from 12.5% in men and 6.4% in women in 1994 (Kessler et al. 1994) to 24.6% in men and 11.5% in women in 2007 (Hasin et al. 2007). Alcohol use disorder is a widespread and serious personal and public health problem in the United States (Hasin et al. 2007). The lifetime prevalence of suicide attempts in patients with alcohol dependence is about 40% and mortality for suicide is 7%(Inskip et al. 1998). Alcohol abuse is linked to impulsivity, aggression, social norm transgression, poor judgment, abnormal speech, perceptual blunting, and increased pain threshold, which may all contribute to the suicide attempt. Mental disorders, particularly depression, are often associated with suicide (Inskip et al. 1998). However, suicide results from the interplay of complex socio-cultural factors; recently, the existence of suicidal …

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  • January 1, 2014