Journal article

Alcohol and drug use following traumatic brain injury: A prospective study

Jennie Ponsford, Rochelle Whelan-Goodinson, Alex Bahar-Fuchs

Brain Injury | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2007


PRIMARY OBJECTIVES: To establish pre-morbid alcohol and drug use in persons with TBI, relative to controls, investigate how patterns of substance use change over time following TBI and identify factors associated with heavy post-injury substance use. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification test (AUDIT) and Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST) was completed by 121 hospital inpatients with TBI, documenting pre-injury alcohol and drug use, and 133 demographically similar controls. Participants with TBI completed these measures and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) again 1 and 2 years post-injury and 76 also completed them at 3 years. RESULTS: Participants wit..

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