Association of Psoriasis and Alcoholism: Psychodermatological Issue

Psychiatr Danub. 2009 Mar;21(1):9-13.


Psoriasis is a chronic, hereditary disease generally characterized by eruption of erythematous, silvery-scaled plaques, predominantly on the elbows, knees, scalp and trunk, affecting between 1-2% of the population worldwide. Psoriasis is a multifactorial disease of unknown etiology. It has been shown that in some patients alcohol abuse has been associated with psoriasis. Chronic alcohol abuse results in the impairment of health-related, social and occupational functioning. Therefore the association of psoriasis and alcoholism represents one of the major psychodermatological issues where a multidisciplinary approach (including dermatologist, psychiatrist, psychologist and others) is crucial for optimal outcome.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol-Induced Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Alcohol-Induced Disorders / psychology
  • Alcohol-Induced Disorders / rehabilitation
  • Alcoholism / epidemiology*
  • Alcoholism / psychology
  • Alcoholism / rehabilitation
  • Comorbidity
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Humans
  • Mind-Body Relations, Metaphysical
  • Psoriasis / epidemiology*
  • Psoriasis / psychology
  • Psoriasis / rehabilitation
  • Risk Factors
  • Statistics as Topic