Decreased alcohol consumption in outpatient drinkers is associated with improved quality of life and fewer alcohol-related consequences

Kevin L. Kraemer, Stephen A. Maisto, Joseph Conigliaro, Melissa McNeil, Adam J. Gordon, Mary E. Kelley

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Abstract

This study's objective was to determine whether changes in alcohol consumption are associated with changes in quality of life and alcohol-related consequences in an outpatient sample of drinkers. Two hundred thirteen subjects completed the Short Form 36-item (SF-36) Health Survey and the Short Inventory of Problems at baseline, 6 months, and 12 months. Subjects who sustained a 30% or greater decrease in drinks per month reported improvement in SF-36 Physical Component Summary (P = .058) and Mental Component Summary (P = .037) scores and had fewer alcohol-related consequences (P < .001) when compared to those with a <30% decrease. These findings suggest another benefit of alcohol screening and intervention in the primary care setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)382-386
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of General Internal Medicine
Volume17
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Alcohol abuse
  • Alcohol dependence
  • Alcohol drinking
  • Health status
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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