Universal screening for alcohol misuse at hospital admission identifies patients at risk of developing alcoholic liver disease

By EASL July 30,2017

In a landmark study of over 50,000 hospital admissions, investigators demonstrated the feasibility of introducing universal screening for alcohol misuse to identify patients at risk. They showed that patients can be easily categorized based on a simple risk score to identify people with high rates of emergency department attendance, recurrent hospital admissions, and high risk of alcohol-related liver disease. These patients can be selectively targeted with effective treatments for alcohol misuse, potentially reducing the burden of alcohol-related harm including alcoholic liver disease(ALD). The findings of this study are published in the Journal of Hepatology.

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Article: Universal Screening for Alcohol Misuse in Acute Medical Admissions Is Feasible and Identifies Patients at Risk of Liver Disease, Greta Westwood, PhD; Paul Meredith, PhD; Susan Atkins, RN; Peter Greengross, FFPH; Paul E. Schmidt, MRCP; and Richard J. Aspinall, MBChB, PhD, Journal of Hepatology, doi: 10.1016/j.jhep.2017.04.017, published 27 July 2017.

Editorial: Universal Screening of Acute Medical Admissions for Excess Alcohol Consumption: What's the Misuse? Stephen R. Atkinson; Nikhil Vergis; Alexandre Louvet, MD, PhD; and Mark R. Thursz, Journal of Hepatology, doi: 10.1016/j.jhep.2017.06.006, published 27 July 2017.