Year: 1999 Source: The American Journal on Addictions, v.8, no.4, (Fall 1999), p.312-318 SIEC No: 20080757

7 factors associated with suicide among male alcoholics were investigated to determine if victims of differing ages would show different patterns of factors. Data on 56 male alcoholic suicide victims were collected post-mortem. Subjects were divided into 3 age groups: 21-34, 35-49, & 50 years & older. Consistent with the hypotheses, unemployment & recent loss due to separation from a domestic partner were more likely with younger age, & serious medical problems & mood disorders were associated with increased age. There were no differences on other presumed risk factors among the age groups. Results suggest that factors associated with suicide may cluster in male alcoholics of differing ages, with implications for risk recognition & intervention. (48 refs)