Introduction: Sexual dysfunction leads to distress and poor interpersonal relationships in alcohol dependent males with an active sexual life. If not addressed, it may precipitate relapse.
Aims: Aim of the study is to assess the prevalence and type of sexual dysfunction in alcohol dependent males and its relation to duration and quantity of alcohol consumed.
Material and Methods: One hundred male subjects admitted to a de-addiction center, attached to a tertiary care rural teaching hospital meeting the diagnosis of alcohol dependence syndrome [F10.2] were assessed for sexual dysfunction using Arizona Sexual Experience Scale (ASEX), International Index for Erectile Dysfunction questionnaire (IIEF) and Sexual dysfunction checklist (SDCL).
Results: Sixty one percent had one or more sexual dysfunctions. The most common being decreased sexual desire, premature ejaculation, frequency dissatisfaction and erectile disorder. The amount of alcohol consumed and the duration of alcohol dependence appeared to be significantly associated with sexual dysfunction.
Conclusion: Sexual dysfunction is common in subjects with alcohol dependence syndrome. Long term dependence and heavy drinking had a positive linear relationship with sexual dysfunction. Psychiatrists should routinely evaluate and treat the sexual dysfunction to prevent relapse and improve interpersonal relations.
Keywords: Alcohol dependence syndrome, Sexual dysfunction, Male.