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Primary Men Alcoholics with Histories of Suicide Attempts

Marc A. Schuckit

A structured questionnaire administered to 913 primary alcoholics entering an alcoholism treatment program revealed that 155 (17%) had attempted suicide. Compared to other primary alcoholics, those with histories of suicide attempts were more likely to have had early life difficulties with police, school and parents; reported more misuse of drugs; and were significantly more likely to have an alcoholic or depressed close relative.