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Screening for alcohol problems: an epidemiological perspective and implications for primary care



Screening for alcohol problems: an epidemiological perspective and implications for primary care



Missouri Medicine 105(1): 67-71



In a random sample of 917 adults from the general population greater St. Louis, 19.6% of respondents screened positive for "probable alcohol abuse or dependence". Screening positive is indicative of unhealthy drinking patterns. The regular use of such instruments in primary care settings could facilitate patient-physician communication regarding alcohol problems, thereby improving detection and leading to greater utilization of appropriate medical treatment, including pharmacotherapy.

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