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Season of birth of chronic alcoholics.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9789211     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Season of birth has been well studied in mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and affective disorders; however, only a few studies have been done for alcoholism. Recently Modestin et al. (1995) found, in a sample from Switzerland, excess birth of male alcoholics in March to July, compared to the general population. The present study attempted to replicate their finding in two independent Japanese samples which comprised a total of 1,947 men with chronic alcoholism. In our study, no birth rate excess in March to July was observed in either sample, while a non-significant birth rate excess (12%) in August to October was noted. It is concluded that there is no consistent trend in season of birth of alcoholics across countries.
H Kunugi; S Nanko; H Watanabe; K Sekiba; H Kazamatsuri
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of psychiatric research     Volume:  32     ISSN:  0022-3956     ISO Abbreviation:  J Psychiatr Res     Publication Date:    1998 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-01-29     Completed Date:  1999-01-29     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376331     Medline TA:  J Psychiatr Res     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  321-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, Teikyo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Alcoholism / epidemiology*,  etiology
Birth Rate
Cross-Cultural Comparison
Japan / epidemiology
Middle Aged
Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects
Reproducibility of Results
Risk Factors

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