Hospital morbidity and alcohol consumption in less severe psychiatric disorder : 7-year outcomes

Robert Tait, Gary Hulse

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Background Substance use by people with severe psychiatric morbidity is associated with negative outcomes.Aims To assess in adults with less severe psychiatric morbidity the relationship between alcohol consumption and subsequent 7-year hospital admissions, and the development and recurrence of alcohol use disorders.Method Follow-up data were assembled via a population-based hospital record-linkage system.Results Baseline alcohol use groups were: dependent (n=31), harmful (n=114), moderate (n=621) and abstinent (n=249). The moderate but not the abstinent group had fewer mental health admissions and a longer time to first admission than the harmful and dependent groups. Both the moderate and the abstinent groups had longer times to 'all-cause' admissions than the dependent group. Many of those with alcohol use disorders at baseline relapsed (66%) but few (14%) developed a first time alcohol use disorder.Conclusions Overall, moderate alcohol consumption among those with less severe psychiatric morbidity was not associated with more mental health admissions; those with alcohol dependence had poorer health outcomes than the remaining categories.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)554-559
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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