Journal article

A longitudinal analysis of alcohol consumption and the risk of posttraumatic symptoms

AC McFarlane, D Browne, RA Bryant, M O'Donnell, D Silove, M Creamer, K Horsley

JOURNAL OF AFFECTIVE DISORDERS | ELSEVIER | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Previous studies investigating the impact of alcohol ingestion on the emergence of posttraumatic psychological symptoms have generated contradictory findings. METHODS: One thousand forty-five patients, admitted to hospital following traumatic injury were assessed during hospitalisation for patterns of alcohol consumption prior to the injury and also during the month prior to reassessment at 3 months. Anxiety, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were assessed post accident and at 3 months. In a sub sample (n=167), blood alcohol levels were measured at the time of admission to emergency departments. RESULTS: Moderate alcohol consumption prior to and following the ac..

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