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Alcohol Alcohol. 2004 May-Jun;39(3):256-61.

Drinking patterns and problems in emergency services in Poland.

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Public Health Institute, Alcohol Research Group, 2000 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA. ccherpitel@arg.org

Abstract

AIMS:

To examine drinking patterns and problems in emergency services in Poland, where both alcohol consumption and the health care system have undergone enormous recent change.

METHODS:

A probability sample of 734 emergency service patients was breathalyzed and interviewed in a large public hospital in Warsaw, Poland.

RESULTS:

2.5% of the sample was breathalyzer positive; all were male and injured. Injured males were significantly more likely to report heavy problem drinking than non-injured, but no differences were found for females. Among injured males who reported drinking prior to the event, close to 50% reported feeling drunk, and over 75% attributed a causal association of their drinking with injury.

CONCLUSIONS:

These data point to substantial alcohol-involvement on the part of injured males in this population, and suggest emergency services may be a productive venue for identifying those patients who would benefit from a brief intervention.

PMID:
15082465
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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