Hospitalisation for an alcohol-related cause among injecting drug users in Scotland: increased risk following diagnosis with hepatitis C infection

S.A. McDonald, S.J. Hutchinson, S.M. Bird, C. Robertson, P. Mills, John Dillon, D.J. Goldberg

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Abstract

The rate of hepatitis C (HCV) related liver disease progression is known to be strongly associated with alcohol consumption, yet there are very few data on alcohol use in injecting drug users (IDUs), who represent 90% of Scotland's HCV-diagnosed population. To investigate the extent of alcohol use in IDUs, we used hospitalisation with an alcohol-related diagnosis as an indicator for problematic consumption levels, and compared admission rates pre- and post-HCV diagnosis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-69
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Drug Policy
Volume22
Issue number1
Early online date15 May 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Keywords

  • alcohol
  • hospital admissions
  • injecting drug users
  • hepatitis c virus

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