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Negative effect of alcohol use on mood among people with psychosis
  1. Louise K Thornton1,
  2. Frances J Kay-Lambkin2
  1. 1Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health, The University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan, NSW, Australia, 2308;
  2. 2National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Twitter Follow Louise Thornton at @Louise_Thornton
  1. Correspondence to Dr Louise K Thornton, Louise.Thornton{at}

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ABSTRACT FROM: Barrowclough C, Eisner E, Bucci S, et al. The impact of alcohol on clinical outcomes in established psychosis: a longitudinal study. Addiction 2014;109:1297–305.

What is already known on this topic

The elevated prevalence of alcohol use disorders among people with psychotic disorders is well documented.1 Among this population alcohol misuse has been linked to a range of adverse consequences including unemployment, lower education level and lower socioeconomic status.2 Studies examining the impact of alcohol misuse on various psychiatric symptoms among people with psychotic disorders report inconsistent findings.3 ,4

Methods of the study

Barrowclough and colleagues investigated whether change in alcohol use was associated with change in psychiatric symptoms. They performed a secondary analysis of their randomised controlled trial of motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioural therapy for people with psychosis and comorbid substance misuse. Participants were: aged 16 years or older; with a clinical diagnosis of a non-affective …

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