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Substance use/abuse and suicidal behavior in young adult women: a population-based study

Journal article
Authors Maud Sundin
Fredrik Spak
Lena Spak
Valter Sundh
Margda Waern
Published in Substance use & misuse
Volume 46
Issue 13
Pages 1690-1699
ISSN 1532-2491
Publication year 2011
Published at Institute of Medicine, School of Public Health and Community Medicine
Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology
Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry
Pages 1690-1699
Language en
Keywords substance use; alcohol; suicidal ideation; suicide attempt
Subject categories Psychiatry


Associations between substance use variables and suicidal behavior were analyzed in an urban population sample from ("the Women and Alcohol in Gothenburg" study). In Phase I, 20-year-old women (n = 2,069) completed a screening questionnaire. Interviews were carried out with a stratified sample (n = 560). Data, collected in 1995 and 2000, were analyzed using logistic regression to generate odds ratios. Drug use, but not risky alcohol consumption, was associated with suicidal thoughts after adjusting for current depression. Study limitations and implications for suicide prevention are discussed. The study was funded by the Swedish Research Council and the Alcohol Research Council of Sweden.

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