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J Gen Intern Med. 1995 Aug;10(8):458-60.

Alcohol consumption among HIV-infected patients.

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Division of General Internal Medicine, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois 60611, USA.

Abstract

This prospective, cohort study analyzed the prevalence of alcoholism and patterns of alcohol intake over time in a cohort of HIV-infected patients, predominantly homosexual/bisexual men. One hundred eleven HIV-positive subjects were recruited from a comprehensive HIV clinic associated with a large Midwestern university hospital. Each participant completed the Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (MAST) survey and a standardized quantity-frequency questionnaire on alcohol intake at enrollment. The quantity-frequency scale was repeated every six months for a total of 30 months. Forty-five of the 111 subjects (41%) met the criteria for alcoholism, as defined by a MAST score 5 or higher. There was a significant decrease in alcohol consumption over time, from 6.4 drinks/week in the initial time period to 3.9 drinks/week by the final time period (p < 0.001).

PMID:
7472704
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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