Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Asian Substance-Dependent Patients: MMSE versus MoCA
Victoria Manning, Brenda Gomez, Song Guo, Kim Eng Wong, Pryseley N Assam and Edwin Shih-Yen Chan
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: June 20, 2016
Cognitive Impairment (CI) is common and associated with poor outcomes among substance-dependent patients. The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), a screening tool for CI has demonstrated superiority over the routinely used Mini Mental State Exam (MMSE) in multiple clinical populations, yet is rarely used in addiction settings or studies. The current study describes the performance of the two instruments in a sample of Asian substance-dependent patients....
Alcoholism and Alcoholic Psychoses Trends in Late-Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia
Y E Razvodovsky
Article Type: Letter to the Editor | First Published: April 19, 2016
The aim of the present paper was to discuss the trends in the incidence of alcoholism and alcoholic psychoses in late-Soviet and post-Soviet Russia in relation to social changes, quality of health care and the laws regulating production and sales of alcohol. Here we specified the number of alcohol dependent patients without alcoholic psychoses and the number of alcohol dependent patients with alcoholic psychoses, witches was admitted to hospital for the first time as incidence of alcoholism and ...
Missed Opportunities: The Limited Utilization of Alcohol Abstinence Medications
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: March 01, 2016
There is a high rate of alcohol use disorders (AUDs) in the United States and this poses a substantial burden on the medical system due to health complications. Medications to treat AUDs have been proven to have efficacy in reducing the number of drinking days, amount of alcohol consumed at a time, and in achieving overall abstinence from alcohol. Medicare studies, as well as other researchers, have shown that alcohol abstinence medications (AAMs) are underutilized....
Clustering Alcohol Use Behavior: State Socioeconomic Conditions, Alcohol Policy and Individual Regular Alcohol Use in the US
Tulshi D Saha, Roger Pickering, Bridget F Grant
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: February 29, 2016
This multilevel study examined whether state-level variations existed in the prevalence of regular alcohol use in the US after controlling for individual characteristics, evaluating the contribution of both individual socio-economic status, and state economic and alcohol policy in explaining alcohol use behavior using data from the 2001-2002 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions and data from the U.S. Census and National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism State P...