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Subst Use Misuse. 2007;42(5):793-810.

Health effects from drinking: type, severity, and associated drinking patterns based on qualitative and quantitative questions in a methodological survey.

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Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA. alown@arg.org

Abstract

The specific content of reported health harms are explored in relation to heavy episodic drinking and alcohol dependence symptoms. A national telephone computer-assisted interview of U.S. adults (N = 635), was conducted in 1994. A modified National Alcohol Survey instrument assessed self-reported health harms and related economic costs and work missed. Among the 579 lifetime drinkers, 26% reported health harms from drinking. In multivariate logistic regression harms relating to intoxication, injuries or internal organs were associated with monthly heavy drinking (5+ drinks) and past dependence symptoms. Study limitations are noted. Dependence symptoms should be assessed in screening for those most at risk for alcohol-related health harms.

PMID:
17613945
DOI:
10.1080/10826080701202346
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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