Alcohol consumption among HIV-infected patients

Frank Lefevre*, Brian O'Leary, Maureen Moran, Melinda Mossar, Paul R. Yarnold, Gary J. Martin, Jeffrey Glassroth

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This prospective, cohort study analyzed the prevalence of alcoholism and patterns of alcohol intake over time in a cohort of HIV-infected patients, predominantly homosexual/bisexual men. One hundred eleven HIV-positive subjects were recruited from a comprehensive HIV clinic associated with a large Midwestern university hospital. Each participant completed the Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (MAST) survey and a standardized quantity-frequency questionnaire on alcohol intake at enrollment. The quantity-frequency scale was repeated every six months for a total of 30 months. Forty-five of the 111 subjects (41%) met the criteria for alcoholism, as defined by a MAST score 5 or higher. There was a significant decrease in alcohol consumption over time, from 6.4 drinks/week in the initial time period to 3.9 drinks/week by the final time period (p<0.001).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)458-460
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of general internal medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1995


  • HIV infections
  • MAST
  • alcohol
  • alcoholism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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    Lefevre, F., O'Leary, B., Moran, M., Mossar, M., Yarnold, P. R., Martin, G. J., & Glassroth, J. (1995). Alcohol consumption among HIV-infected patients. Journal of general internal medicine, 10(8), 458-460.