Alcohol is an Essential Factor of Suicides



The effect of alcohol abuse on the level of completed suicides (CS) of men and women was investigated. The study period was 1959—2013. The trend of CS had convex form during this time. The sharp decline in CS was observed twice: after 1984 in connection with anti-alcohol campaign and after 2001 due to the new reduction in alcohol consumption. Last decline began to slow down after 2009 in accordance with slowing of alcohol consumption decline. Trends of two destructive phenomena are well correlated (0,855 for men and 0,647 for women). The main result is: 45% of CSs in Russia occur in connection with alcohol consumption (46% in men and 38% women). The contribution of socio-economic factors to the CS was also shown in this work.

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Keywords: suicide, alcohol consumption, men and women, Russia

Journal rubric: Empirical Researches

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Nemtsov A.V., Shelygin K.V. Alcohol is an Essential Factor of Suicides. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2016. Vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 164–180. DOI: 10.17759/cpp.2016240310. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Alexandr V. Nemtsov, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Head of Informatics Department, Moscow Research Institute of Psychiatry-Branch of the Federal Medical Research Center of Psychiatry and Narcology Named after V. p. Serbian Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Kirill V. Shelygin, Doctor of Medicine, Associate Professor of the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, Northern State Medical University, Arkhangelsk, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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