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International Journal of Emergency Medicine

, 4:27

First Online: 14 June 2011Received: 17 November 2010Accepted: 14 June 2011

Abstract

BackgroundThis study aims to identify the prevalence and at-risk situations of alcohol use disorders among patients examined in the emergency department and to compare the scales commonly used to identify alcohol use disorders.

MethodsWe used the CAGE and AUDIT questionnaires and a structured interview, the MINI.

FindingsOf the presenting patients, 9.5% met the DSM-IV criteria for alcohol use disorders. The CAGE questionnaire was less sensitive 75% and more specific 92% than the AUDIT 87 and 80%, respectively. The typical alcohol-dependent patient is a young man who is unemployed and brought to the emergency department by the police. During the past 24 h, he has consumed alcohol, nicotine, cocaine, sedatives or cannabis.

ConclusionOf the patients, 9.5% examined in the emergency department present with alcohol abuse or dependence without asking spontaneously for treatment for their addiction. These results support the importance of systematically identifying alcohol use disorders with a simple and rapid questionnaire such as the CAGE questionnaire.

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Author: Charlotte Richoux - Isabelle Ferrand - Enrique Casalino - Benoit Fleury - Christine Ginsburg - Michel Lejoyeux

Source: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/1865-1380-4-27







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