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  1. The prevalence of alcoholism and its relation to cause of hospitalization and long-term mortality in male somatic inpatients.

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    To investigate the prevalence of alcoholism in patients hospitalized because of somatic disorders, and to analyse morbidity, mortality, and causes of death in those alcoholics.


    Inception cohort, 7-year follow-up.


    Primary and secondary care clinics at a community hospital in Göteborg, Sweden.

    Patients and controls

    A convenience sample of all 205 men hospitalized at a medical, surgical, and orthopaedic clinic at a random time-point.

    The diagnosis of alcoholism was stated or rejected by means of structured interviews about drinking habits and by scrutiny of records from the hospital, psychiatric clinics, and social authorities.

    In the study of morbidity pattern and mortality in the alcoholics (n=52), age-matched, non-alcoholic controls were recruited from the same sample.

    Main outcome measures

    Prevalence of alcoholism ; distribution of somatic disorders as cause of hospitalization at inclusion ; mortality and risk ratio of death using the death hazard function of the groups compared with that of men of the same age-distribution in the Swedish population ; causes of death during a 7-year follow-up.

    Main results

    Fifty-two of the 205 hospitalized men (25%) were alcoholics and 16 of these men (31%) were treated for an alcohol-related disorder.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Morbidité, Mortalité, Alcoolisme, Prévalence, Epidémiologie, Facteur risque, Homme, Suède, Europe, Mâle

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Morbidity, Mortality, Alcoholism, Prevalence, Epidemiology, Risk factor, Human, Sweden, Europe, Male

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 95-0213692

    Code Inist : 002B03F. Création : 09/06/1995.