The influence of alcohol and tobacco use in orthopaedic inpatients on complications of surgery.

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Drug and alcohol review, ISSN: 1465-3362, Vol: 27, Issue: 1, Page: 55-64

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Williams, Gerard; Daly, Michelle; Proude, Elizabeth M; Kermode, Stephen; Davis, Michelle; Barling, Janet; Haber, Paul S
Medicine; Social Sciences; Medicine and Health Sciences; Nursing
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Tobacco use and heavy alcohol consumption are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. There is limited research on the correlation between tobacco and risky levels of alcohol use and the possible complications associated with a hospital admission. The underestimation of problem drinking, in particular, has obvious repercussions for the management of patients in hospital. If alcohol-related problems go undetected or unrecorded, treatment may be inadequate or inappropriate. The aims of the project were to assess the prevalence of high-risk alcohol and tobacco use in orthopaedic in-patients and to examine any relationship between alcohol and tobacco use and the number and type of complications, management and length of stay.