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Mo Med. 2008 Jan-Feb;105(1):67-71.

Screening for alcohol problems: an epidemiological perspective and implications for primary care.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, USA. rick@wustl.edu

Abstract

In a random sample of 917 adults from the general population greater St. Louis, 19.6% of respondents screened positive for "probable alcohol abuse or dependence". Screening positive is indicative of unhealthy drinking patterns. The regular use of such instruments in primary care settings could facilitate patient-physician communication regarding alcohol problems, thereby improving detection and leading to greater utilization of appropriate medical treatment, including pharmacotherapy.

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PMC2443100
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