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Health Agencies Update
May 26, 2004

Screening for Alcohol Problems

JAMA. 2004;291(20):2421. doi:10.1001/jama.291.20.2421-c

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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