Subtypes of alcohol dependence or alcohol use disorder: a systematic review

Zoe Campbell*, Claire Campbell, Julie Harris, Laura McCaughey, Gillian Shorter

*Corresponding author for this work

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To conduct a comprehensive systematic review of alcohol dependence/alcohol use disorder typologies as defined by the literature.

Multiple databases (PsychInfo, Embase, PsycArRTICLES, SciELO, MEDLINE, PsycINFO, Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar) were searched from 1990 to February 2020. Included papers were all adult population, highlighted AD/AUD typologies, with ICD or DSM AD/AUD diagnosis, in English and peer reviewed. Quality assessed via MMAT. Reported according to PRISMA.

A total of 7,337 papers were identified, after duplicates were removed, 6,108 papers were title and abstract screened, 203 full texts were assessed for eligibility with data extracted from 36 papers. Papers reviewed to date include a wide range of variables, ranging from demographics, to consumption variables to DSM/ICD criterion(s). Papers included used a range of different analysis methods ranging from LCA to t-Tests and ANOVAS.

This ongoing review identified how authors subtype alcohol dependence/alcohol use disorder and future work will include reporting these findings to adults with alcohol dependence to decipher if these are the most important factors that should be used when attempting to subtype alcohol dependence
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 05 Nov 2020
EventSociety for the Study of Addiction : Annual Event - Virtual
Duration: 05 Nov 202006 Nov 2020


ConferenceSociety for the Study of Addiction
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Bibliographical note

Lead PhD supervisor for Zoe.


  • alcohol use disorder
  • alcohol dependence
  • phenotypes
  • patterns
  • latent variable analysis
  • cluster analysis
  • phenomenology


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