Author(s): McCloud A, Barnaby B, Omu N, Drummond C, Aboud A
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Alcohol misuse is a risk factor in suicide and parasuicide. AIMS: To measure the prevalence of alcohol use disorders in a cohort of psychiatric admissions using the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), and the relationship between the AUDIT score and suicidality. METHOD: Consecutive psychiatric admissions were interviewed with a lifestyle survey that included the AUDIT, and admission case notes were reviewed. RESULTS: Out of 200 subjects, 48.5\% scored 8 or more (indicating hazardous or harmful alcohol use) and 22.5\% scored 16 or more (indicating significant alcohol dependence) on the AUDIT. There were no significant gender differences. Alcohol misuse was strongly associated with suicidality. CONCLUSIONS: The AUDIT questionnaire should be incorporated into psychiatric assessments when risk of self-harm is being evaluated. Further research is warranted to examine the impact of interventions for alcohol use disorders in psychiatric settings on self-harm and suicidal ideation.
This article was published in Br J Psychiatry
and referenced in Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals