Detecting symptoms of alcohol abuse in primary care settings.

  title={Detecting symptoms of alcohol abuse in primary care settings.},
  author={W H McQuade and Steven M. Levy and Lisa R Yanek and Sharon Watkins Davis and Michael R. Liepman},
  journal={Archives of family medicine},
  volume={9 9},
BACKGROUND Studies on alcohol abuse are frequently based on patients who meet minimum diagnostic criteria, thus ignoring patients with individual symptoms of harmful or hazardous use. Consequently, we are unable to characterize alcohol-abusing patients with sufficient clarity to effectively focus screening for primary prevention. OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of harmful and hazardous use of alcohol, assess screening instruments for detecting alcohol abuse or dependence, and assess the… CONTINUE READING


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