Alcohol problem drinking among general hospital inpatients in northeastern Germany

Beate Coder*, Jennis Freyer-Adam, Gallus Bischof, Christine Pockrandt, Birgit Hartmann, Hans Jürgen Rumpf, Ulrich John, Ulfert Hapke

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Objective: To estimate proportions of alcohol problem drinking: alcohol use disorders (AUDs) and drinking above recommended levels among general hospital inpatients in northeastern Germany. Method: The sample includes consecutively admitted inpatients (n=14,332) between 18 and 64 years old. This study adopted a two-stage-sampling approach including screening and ascertainment of diagnosis based on DSM-IV criteria and a quantity-frequency index. Results: In total, 20.4% of all inpatients screened positive. Nine percent of the total sample were identified with current problem drinking in the following descending order: 5.3% AUD and 3.6% drinking above recommended levels. In addition, 3.1% of persons were diagnosed with alcohol dependence in remission. Proportions differed significantly among men and women (P<.001). Higher proportions of problem drinking were found at rural sites compared to urban sites (13.7% vs. 7.5%, P<.001). Conclusions: In addition to AUDs, drinking above recommended levels is a common problem among general hospital inpatients. Thus, the implementation of systematic alcohol screening and brief interventions should be considered.

Original languageEnglish
JournalGeneral Hospital Psychiatry
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)147-154
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 03.2008

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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