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Hospitalisation for an alcohol-related cause among injecting drug users in Scotland: increased risk following diagnosis with hepatitis C infection

McDonald, S.A. and Hutchinson, S.J. and Bird, S.M. and Robertson, C. and Mills, P. and Dillon, John and Goldberg, D.J. (2011) Hospitalisation for an alcohol-related cause among injecting drug users in Scotland: increased risk following diagnosis with hepatitis C infection. International Journal of Drug Policy, 22 (1). pp. 63-69.

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Abstract

The rate of hepatitis C (HCV) related liver disease progression is known to be strongly associated with alcohol consumption, yet there are very few data on alcohol use in injecting drug users (IDUs), who represent 90% of Scotland's HCV-diagnosed population. To investigate the extent of alcohol use in IDUs, we used hospitalisation with an alcohol-related diagnosis as an indicator for problematic consumption levels, and compared admission rates pre- and post-HCV diagnosis.