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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 272-278

Association of sociodemographic factors with various domains of alcohol-induced sexual dysfunction – An Indian perspective

1 Department of Psychiatry, Military Hospital, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, 5 Air Force Hospital, Jorhat, Assam, India
3 Brig Med, HQ 03 Corps, c/o 99 APO, Dimapur, Nagaland, India
4 Department of Paediatrics, Military Hospital, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India
5 Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, Level III Hospital, Goma, Congo

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Harpreet Singh Dhillon
Department of Psychiatry, Military Hospital, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ipj.ipj_112_20

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Background: Sexual dysfunction is frequently seen in alcohol-use disorders. The available research on this topic has studied erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation using nonvalidated scales. This study was undertaken to study the other major domains of sexual dysfunction, namely sexual desire, orgasmic dysfunction and satisfaction, and their association with sociodemographic factors. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study design was used and 78 male patients were recruited. The assessment was conducted using a specially designed intake pro forma, International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-15) Scale, DSM-5 and International Classification of Disease, 10th revision, diagnostic criteria for research. A correlation between the amount of alcohol consumed and its effect on various domains of sexual dysfunction was also carried out using Pearson's correlation coefficient. Results: The sociodemographic profile was studied in association with the overall (total) IIEF-15 subscale using analysis of variance (ANOVA). Statistically significant differences were observed among age groups, education subgroups, marital disharmony, years of alcohol use, and lifetime alcohol use. Further, since the values of ANOVA were significant, Tukey's post hoc analysis was carried out which showed a statistically significant difference among the groups. Various domains of sexual dysfunction showed a strongly negative correlation for overall IIEF subscale followed by intercourse satisfaction, sexual desire, and orgasmic function with years of alcohol use and lifetime alcohol use. Conclusion: Sexual dysfunction in alcohol dependence patients was significantly associated with a family history of paternal alcohol abuse, lower educational background, increasing age, and marital disharmony. This study also found a strongly negative correlation between various domains of sexual functioning and years of alcohol use/lifetime alcohol use.

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