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Health Agencies Update
June 28, 2006

Alcohol Abuse Disorders

JAMA. 2006;295(24):2839. doi:10.1001/jama.295.24.2839-b

Data collected by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality indicate that US community hospitals treated nearly 210 000 patients for alcohol abuse disorders in 2003 at a cost of about $2 billion. In addition, more than 1 million patients admitted for other reasons also had diagnoses of alcohol abuse and approximately 3% of all hospital stays had some mention of the problem.

Overall, 65% of all hospital admissions due primarily to alcohol abuse disorders also involved a substance abuse disorder; 34.4% involved mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder; 11.5% included alcohol-related liver disease; and 8.7% included anxiety disorders.