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From Pubs to Scrubs: Alcohol Misuse and Health Care Use

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Balsa, A.I., M.T. French, J.C. Maclean, and Edward Norton. 2009. "From Pubs to Scrubs: Alcohol Misuse and Health Care Use." Health Services Research, 44(5): 1480-1503.

Objective To analyze the relationships between alcohol misuse and two types of acute health care use-hospital admissions and emergency room (ER) episodes. Data Sources/Study Setting The first (2001/2002) and second (2004/2005) waves of the National Epidemiological Survey of Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC). Study Design Longitudinal study using a group of adults (18-60 years in Wave 1, N=23,079). Gender-stratified regression analysis adjusted for a range of covariates associated with health care use. First-difference methods corrected for potential omitted variable bias. Data Collection The target population of the NESARC was the civilian noninstitutionalized population aged 18 and older residing in the United States and the District of Columbia. The survey response rate was 81 percent in Wave 1 (N=43,093) and 65 percent in Wave 2 (N=34,653). Principal Findings Frequent drinking to intoxication was positively associated with hospital admissions for both men and women and increased the likelihood of using ER services for women. Alcohol dependence and/or abuse was related to higher use of ER services for both genders and increased hospitalizations for men. Conclusions These findings provide updated and nationally representative estimates of the relationships between alcohol misuse and health care use, and they underscore the potential implications of alcohol misuse on health care expenditures.

DOI:10.1111/j.1475-6773.2009.00987.x (Full Text)

Country of focus: United States of America.

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