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Tobacco Quitlines Need to Assess and Intervene with Callers' Hazardous Drinking.

Thursday, July 12, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Toll BA, Cummings KM, O’Malley SS, Carlin-Menter S, McKee SA, Hyland A, Wu R, Hopkins J, Celestino P. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2012 Jun 15. [Epub ahead of print]
This study examined rates of hazardous drinking among nearly 90,000 callers to the NYSSQL. Quit rates were also compared for callers who met criteria for hazardous drinking compared to moderate drinkers and nondrinkers. At baseline, 56% of callers reported drinking, and 23% reported hazardous drinking using modified NIAAA guidelines. Hazardous drinking was associated with lower cessation outcomes than those who reported a moderate drinking profiles, although it did not differ from cessation outcomes of nondrinkers. The authors conclude that tobacco quitlines may provide a venue for providing brief alcohol interventions to high-risk drinkers. They also call for further studies to evaluate whether a brief alcohol intervention would result in improved smoking cessation rates for hazardous drinking smokers.

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