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Authors

  1. Sommers, Marilyn Sawyer PhD, RN, FAAN
  2. Wray, Janet PhD, RN
  3. Savage, Christine PhD, RN
  4. Dyehouse, Janice M. PhD, RN

Abstract

More critically ill patients have acute drinking problems than chronic problems with alcohol dependence. A hospitalization offers an opportunity for nurses to perform a brief assessment and initiate a simple intervention to advise patients to reduce their drinking. A few minutes of advice may make a long-term difference in a patient's health.