Alcohol use post aud treatment initiation as a predictor of later functioning

Tomoko Udo, Patrick R. Clifford, Christine M. Davis, Stephen A. Maisto

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Objective: To replicate and extend the earlier work of Maisto and colleagues showing an association between early post-treatment alcohol use and later functioning (1-3). Methods: The present study classified adults presenting for alcohol use disorders (AUD) treatment (n = 114) into one of three drinker groups (i.e., abstainer, moderate drinker, or heavy drinker) based upon alcohol use during the first 6-months following outpatient AUD treatment initiation, and examined the associations between drinker group classification and later alcohol use and psychosocial functioning. Results: Study results showed that individuals classified within the heavy drinker group tended to have the poorest outcomes (i.e., greater alcohol use and poorer psychosocial functioning) relative to individuals classified within the abstainer or moderate drinker groups. Conclusions: Study findings are consistent with the prior work of Maisto and colleagues. In addition, it appears that alcohol use, particularly heavy alcohol consumption, during the early post-treatment initiation period may serve as a marker for later alcohol related problems and poorer overall psychosocial functioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-132
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2009


  • Alcohol related problems
  • Moderate drinking
  • Post-treatment alcohol use
  • Psychosocial functioning
  • Treatment outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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