Hospital use of ethanol survey (HUES): Preliminary results

Steven H. Smoger, Stephen W. Looney, Richard D. Blondell, L. Susan Wieland, Leslie Sexton, Sandra B. Rhodes, Robert M. Swift

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Little information exists about alcohol use within health facilities. We sought to determine alcohol use and control in acute-care hospitals by mailing a questionnaire to a convenience sample of Pharmacy Directors of 24 hospitals in two regions. Of 23 responders, in-patient alcohol was dispensed by 21 (91%) within the last 5 years. Of these 21, both beverage and intravenous alcohol were dispensed by 13 (62%), only beverage alcohol by seven (33%), and only intravenous alcohol by one (5%). No institutional policies regarding alcohol dispensing existed in 16 (70%) hospitals. Alcohol was frequently used as a patient courtesy (14/20, 70%), and to prevent withdrawal (7/20, 35%). All pharmacies procured intravenous alcohol in a formal process, but 60% (12/20) obtained beverage alcohol informally. Alcohol is widely dispensed with few guidelines in this sample of acute-care hospitals. Additional research on therapeutic efficacy, consequences, and institutional oversight of alcohol in hospitals is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-73
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Addictive Diseases
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Alcohol
  • Hospital
  • Institutional controls

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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