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Saitz R, Palfai TP, Cheng DM, et al. Brief intervention for medical inpatients with unhealthy alcohol use: a randomized, controlled trial. Ann Intern Med 2007;146:167–76.
Randomised controlled trial.
Patient recruitment from an urban teaching hospital with out-patient follow-up; Massachusetts, USA; time period not stated.
341 medical in-patients (⩾18 years) with unhealthy alcohol intake over the past month (men: >14 standard drinks/week or ⩾5 drinks/occasion; women and those aged ⩾66 years: >11 standard drinks/week or ⩾4 drinks/occasion). Drinking habits were initially assessed using the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT). In the first 7 months, patients with AUDIT score ⩾8 were asked additional questions (drinking-days per week; drinks per day; maximum drinks per occasion) to determine eligibility; subsequently, any patient who drank in past 12 months was asked …
Sources of funding: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and a General Clinical Research Center grant from the National Center for Research Resources.