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J Ment Health. 2015 Jun;24(3):162-7. doi: 10.3109/09638237.2015.1036967.

Hazardous alcohol use in general psychiatric outpatients.

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Department of Clinical Science, Division of Psychiatry, University Hospital Lund , Lund , Sweden.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Hazardous alcohol use in psychiatric patients may increase the risk of the development of a substance use disorder and negatively affect the course of the psychiatric disorder.

AIMS:

To investigate the prevalence of hazardous alcohol and drug use in a Swedish psychiatric outpatient population with particular focus on hazardous alcohol consumption and assess relationships of hazardous alcohol use to sex, age and psychiatric diagnosis.

METHODS:

General psychiatric outpatients, n = 1,679, completed a self-rating Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT).

RESULTS:

Hazardous or harmful alcohol habits occurred among 22% of all women and 30% of all men with higher prevalence among younger patients. Nine percent of all women and 22 % of all men reported binge drinking. Binge drinking was more frequent in younger subjects. Women with a personality disorder diagnosis had a higher frequency of at risk drinking. Apart from that, psychiatric diagnosis was unrelated to rate of hazardous drinking.

CONCLUSIONS:

Hazardous alcohol use was common in this psychiatric outpatient population. With regard to possible risks related to drinking in psychiatric patients, alcohol habits should be assessed as a part of good clinical practice.

KEYWORDS:

Hazardous alcohol use; binge drinking; brief intervention; psychiatry

PMID:
25989493
DOI:
10.3109/09638237.2015.1036967
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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