The relationship between the craving for alcohol and relapse of the disease

E. M. Krupitsky, A. A. Rudenko, M. V. Tsoi, O. N. Neznanova, A. M. Burakov, T. Yu Slavina, A. Ya Grinenko, E. E. Zwartau, B. Flanneri, S. Krebaum

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The craving for alcohol was studied using 2 Russian and 4 international scales, including ratings of the clinician and self-rating of the patient. Depression and anxiety as well as the content of alcohol in exhaled air were assessed. The data were compared to the scores of the Impulsive Relapse Questionnaire. Eighteen patients were studied. The prolonged conscious or insurmountable or poorly controlled drive for alcohol was rare in patients in the remission. Most of patients do not notice such a drive though it was found with the corresponding scales. The craving for alcohol is more often caused by the environment factors related as to alcohol as well to non-specific stress factors and represents a transient impulsive phenomenon that leads to the relapse of disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-36
Number of pages5
JournalZhurnal Nevrologii i Psihiatrii imeni S.S. Korsakova
Issue numberSPEC. ISS. 1
StatePublished - 2007


  • Alcoholism
  • Craving for alcohol
  • Rating scales
  • Relapse
  • Remission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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