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Alcohol. 2019 Jan 17;78:51-56. doi: 10.1016/j.alcohol.2019.01.004. [Epub ahead of print]

Alcohol use disorder and alcohol withdrawal syndrome in Vietnamese hospitalized patients.

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1
Social and Administrative Pharmacy Department, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand; Haiphong University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Haiphong, Viet Nam.
2
Haiphong University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Haiphong, Viet Nam; Bertino Consulting, Schenectady, NY, United States.
3
Social and Administrative Pharmacy Department, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. Electronic address: tanattha.k@pharm.chula.ac.th.

Abstract

AIMS:

To identify the extent to which patients admitted to a general hospital in Vietnam meet the criteria for risky alcohol drinking, alcohol use disorder (AUD), and alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS), describe problems and behavior of alcohol use such as types and quantity of alcohol drinking in a hospitalized population in Vietnam, and investigate the association among age, disease-related factors, and alcohol consumption with AWS.

METHODS:

This study was conducted prospectively in 1340 patients admitted to a general hospital. All patients were screened for risky alcohol drinking. Risky alcohol drinkers were assessed by using the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT) to identify AUD patients. The diagnosis of AWS was based on criteria defined by Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, version 5. The AWS scale was used to quantitate AWS severity level.

RESULTS:

Prevalence of risky alcohol drinkers, AUD patients, and AWS patients among hospitalized patients was 15.5%, 13.1%, and 7.3%, respectively. All of the AUD and AWS patients were male. The majority of risky alcohol drinkers, patients with AUD, and patients with AWS were 40-60-year-old men. Almost all patients (98.3%) drank homemade alcohol. Hospitalized patients were more likely to develop AWS if they had liver disease or past experience with AWS.

CONCLUSIONS:

AUD and AWS are common in hospitalized patients. Formulating a protocol to identify and care for patients with alcohol-related disorders is urgent.

KEYWORDS:

Alcohol drinker; Alcohol use disorder; Alcohol withdrawal syndrome; Risky alcohol drinking

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