Year : 1997  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 13--17

A Study of Problem Drinkers in a General Hospital


R. Sateesh Babu1, SN Sengupta2 
1 Ex-Post graduate student, Department of Psychiatry, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal-576 119, India
2 Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal-576 119, India

Correspondence Address:
S N Sengupta
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal-576 119
India

349 new admissions in the wards of Medicine, General Surgery & Orthopedics in a general hospital were screened with MAST & AUDIT for problem use of alcohol. Problem drinking was present in 14.6% of the inpatients. The severity and the need for additional treatment were measured with Addiction Severity Index (ASI). Majority of the patients had problems in more than one area. Nevertheless, only one fourth of the patients were referred for psychiatric treatment. The findings indicate the need to develop services towards the recognition and referrals of the problem drinkers in general hospitals.


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Babu RS, Sengupta S N. A Study of Problem Drinkers in a General Hospital.Indian J Psychiatry 1997;39:13-17


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