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High alcoholism rate in patients with essential tremor
Am J Psychiatry 1982;139:1471-1473.
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The authors reviewed the charts of 36 patients discharged from a VA medical center with a diagnosis of essential tremor over a 10-year period for evidence of alcohol dependency or abuse and for family history of alcoholism and other psychiatric disorders. A sex- and age- matched sample of patients admitted during the same period for herniorrhaphy was used as a control group. Patients with essential tremor had a significantly higher frequency of alcohol dependence and abuse than control subjects and also had a much higher rate of positive first-degree family history of alcoholism. The authors suggest that essential tremor is an important cause of secondary alcoholism.

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