Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Alcohol problems in hospital patients

Alcohol-related problems are highly prevalent among hospital inpatients. The proportion of inpatiens with current alcohol use disorder has ranged between 7.4% and 18.3% in studies but little is known about the percentage of patients who binge drink or drink at an unhealthy level. A study of 14,332 people, between the ages of 18 and 64 admitted as hospital inpatients in North-Eastern Germany found that 9% of them were identified as having a current drinking problem. 5.3% had alcohol use disorder and 3.6% drank above the recommended levels. Men were much more likely to be problem drinkers than women and rural areas had a higher proportion of problem drinkers than urban ones.

Coder, Beate ... [et al] - Alcohol problem drinking among general hospital inpatients in northeastern Germany General Hospital Psychiatry January-February 2008, 30(1), 127-137

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