Co-morbidity of alcoholism and the paraphilias

J Forensic Sci. 1996 Mar;41(2):234-9.


Alcoholism has been related to a wide variety of crimes. Various authors have studied the prevalence of alcoholism in relationship to incest, rape and pedophilia. This study evaluates the co-morbidity of alcoholism and the specific paraphilias including sexual sadism, fetishism, incest, pedophilia, exhibitionism and transvestism. Rapists were included although by definition it is not strictly a paraphilic disorder. Seven hundred and twenty eight paraphilic individuals were evaluated. More than 50% of sexual sadists were alcoholics. Alcoholism in association with sexual sadists was statistically significant as compared to transvestites, rapists, pedophiles, and incest offenders. Transvestism had the lowest relative rate of alcoholism. The authors discuss these findings and the role alcoholism plays in causing violent sexual behavior in individuals with paraphilias.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcoholism / epidemiology*
  • Comorbidity
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Paraphilic Disorders / epidemiology*