Alcohol Use Disorders, Nicotine Dependence, and Co-Occurring Mood and Anxiety Disorders in the United States and South Korea--A Cross-National Comparison

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 04/24/2012

The authors' results indicated that the prevalence of alcohol dependence in Korea was substantially greater than that in both Western and other Asian countries, suggesting a maladaptive pattern of alcohol use in Korea, which is different from the general use pattern of other East Asian countries. The low rate of treatment utilization among Koreans might be attributable to perceived social stigma toward substance use disorders or mental health problems despite the fact that the Korean government offers national health insurance.

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