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Family History of Alcoholism in Violent Offenders and Impulsive Fire Setters

Markku Linnoila, MD, PhD; Judith De Jong, PhD; Matti Virkkunen, MD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1989;46(7):613-616. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1989.01810070039006.
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• Fifty-six of 58 violent offenders and impulsive fire setters fulfilled the DSM-III criteria for alcohol abuse. Information necessary for evaluation of family history of alcoholism was obtained on 54 subjects. Forty-four of the 54 subjects had first- or second-degree blood relatives with alcoholism. Thirty-five had alcoholic fathers. Subjects with alcoholic fathers had a lower mean cerebrospinal fluid 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid concentration and were more often impulsive than subjects without alcoholic fathers.


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