Anxiety Mood.  2020 Oct;16(2):91-97. 10.24986/anxmod.2020.16.2.005.

The Relationship Between the Severity of Drinking and Suicidal Ideation in The General Korean Population-Analysis by Gender and Age Groups

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 2Workplace Mental Health Institute, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Seoul, Korea


: The suicide mortality rate among Koreans was ranked first among the OECD countries in 2018. Alcohol consumption is a significant risk factor for suicidal behavior. This study examined the rela-tionship between the severity of subjects’ drinking habits and the suicidal ideation among Koreans accord-ing to gender and age.
: The data of 113,602 people who visited the Kangbuk Samsung Hospital Health Screening Cen-ter from January 2013 to December 2014 were used. The severity of subjects’ harmful drinking habits was assessed using the Korean version of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT-K). The relationship between the severity of harmful drinking and suicidal ideation was compared using logistic regression analyses. We also examined the tendency through p for trend to identify a trend.
: Of the 113,602 study subjects, 6,586 (5.8%) responded that they had thought of committing sui-cide. After controlling for gender, marriage, education, body mass index (BMI), depression and anxiety, the results showed that the higher the level of harmful drinking, the higher the suicidal ideation.
: This study found that, even after controlling depression and anxiety, the severity of drink-ing could be a significant risk factor for suicidal ideation.


Severity of drinking; AUDIT-K; Suicidal ideation
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