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Alcohol Use in Hospitalized Patients at Hazrat-e-Rasoul Hospital

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Author(s): H. Attar | A. Afkham Ebrahimi | M. Nasr Esfahani

Journal: Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology
ISSN 1735-4315

Volume: 10;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 122;
Date: 2004;
Original page

Keywords: Key words: alcohol use | general hospital | screening for alcohol use | alcoholism

ABSTRACT
 AbstractObjectives: This study assessed the rate of alcohol use in hospitalized patients at a general hospital in Iran. Methods: In a cross-sectional descriptive study, 571 patients from 11 wards of Hazrat-e-Rasoul�Hospital were evaluated by a demographic questionnaire. The Pediatrics, Emergency, ICU, and CCU wards were excluded from the study. The sampling was implemented through the nonran-domized convenient method. Findings: The rate of current alcohol use was 9.6% (8.9% in males and 0.7% in females) in all 25.4% of the patients  (22.8% in males and 2.6% in females) reported to alcohol use in their life-time. The highest rates of current alcohol use were observed in the orthopedic ward (25.3%), the 15-29 years old age group (47.3%), and the patients with education under high school diplomas (56.4%). The rate of current alcohol use was 54.5% in married patients while in single, divorced, or widows, the rate was 45.5%. The weekly alcohol consumption was the most frequently reported pattern of current use (34.5%). Results: There is a considerable prevalence of alcohol use among the patients in a general hospital. Attending to its impact on presentation and treatment of various diseases is essential. 
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