Many individuals admitted to US hospitals have alcohol use disorders
that go undetected, according to a new study by scientists at the National
Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
The study determined rates of detection of alcohol use disorders among
patients whose structured research interviews indicated the presence of an
alcohol problem (Arch Intern Med. 2004;164:749-756).
The authors found that fewer than half of the 7% of patients with indications
of alcohol use disorders in their research interviews were so diagnosed in
their hospital records.
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