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Selected aspects of sexual functioning of people addicted to alcohol

Joanna Pawlak1, Marta Dagmara Dębowska1
Psychiatria 2020;17(1):18-22.

Abstract

Introduction: Sexual functioning is an important aspect of maintaining the biopsychosocial balance of a human being. Sexual dysfunctions (SD) are common in societies around the world. Studies on alcoholics have shown that chronic and persistent alcohol consumption induces SD leading to impairment of interpersonal contacts, which may affect mental health. By improving the knowledge of this topic one can work on planning multidimensional treatment programmes. The aim of the study will be to measure the sexual functioning of people addicted to alcohol. Material and methods: The research group consisted of 60 people addicted to alcohol aged 18–65, mainly hospitalized in Pruszków. The control group is 60 healthy people. The participants filled out a set of questionnaires consisting of: sociodemographic questionnaire, sexological tests: FSFI for women, IIEF for men, KZS, Mell-Krat, KWS for both sexes, and a set of tests for alcohol dependence. Results: The analysis showed a significant effect on the results: on the scale pain during sex for the relationship factor. Persons in a relationship showed lower scores on a scale than those who are not in a relationship; for IIEF variable of question No. 4. Healthy people had higher results in this question; in the group of both sexes for the variables satisfaction with appearance and sexualization measured before the onset of symptoms of the disease in people with alcoholism and in healthy people. People with alcoholism showed significantly higher results than healthy people on the scale of satisfaction with appearance. Conclusions: After the research it can be concluded that the most important factor conditioning the sexual functioning of alcohol addicts is a better perception of sexuality before the onset of the disease.

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