Understanding the role of personality disorders in alcohol abuse/dependence co-morbidity may highlight its possible role as a predictor for alcohol addiction among ethnic groups in the Trinidad and Tobago population.
Background: Individuals of East Indian and African ancestry constitute the largest population subgroups in Trinidad and Tobago. Many differences are observed in their drinking behaviour and are attributed to cultural and social factors. The aim of this paper is to determine if there are differences in personality disorder diagnosis in alcohol abuse/ dependent patients who attend treatment facilities in Trinidad and Tobago.
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Co-morbidity of major depressive disorder with alcohol dependence is common in the two major ethnic groups in Trinidad and Tobago. Other anxiety and affective disorders occurred in three per cent or less of patients and controls.