Alcohol problems in a general hospital
Version of Record online: 9 JUN 2006
Volume 4, Issue 1, pages 23–34, January 1999
How to Cite
FOY, A. (1999), Alcohol problems in a general hospital. Addiction Biology, 4: 23–34. doi: 10.1080/13556219971812
- Issue online: 9 JUN 2006
- Version of Record online: 9 JUN 2006
- Received for publication 5th March 1998. Accepted 23 June 1998.
Alcohol is a ubiquitous drug which is responsible for a substantial amount of ill health and approximately 20% of patients in a general hospital will have alcohol-related problems, although only 4% will be admitted with alcohol-caused conditions. Eight per cent of patients, however, can be expected to have sufficient neuroadaptation to be at risk of withdrawal. This level of prevalence of alcoholism in general hospital patients requires that hospitals must become expert at providing good quality care for alcohol-related problems in all areas including obstetrics, but particularly in the management of intoxication, withdrawal and the various alcoholrelated diseases. This paper provides some suggested benchmarks for acceptable standards of care for alcohol problems in the acute hospital.