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.
- hospital admissions
- injecting drug users
- hepatitis c virus
McDonald, S. A., Hutchinson, S. J., Bird, S. M., Robertson, C., Mills, P., Dillon, J., & Goldberg, D. J. (2011). Hospitalisation for an alcohol-related cause among injecting drug users in Scotland: increased risk following diagnosis with hepatitis C infection. International Journal of Drug Policy, 22(1), 63-69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2010.04.003