Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 10, Issue 8, pp 458–460 | Cite as

Alcohol consumption among HIV-infected patients

  • Frank Lefevre
  • Brian O’Leary
  • Maureen Moran
  • Melinda Mossar
  • Paul R. Yarnold
  • Gary J. Martin
  • Jeffrey Glassroth
Brief Reports


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).

Key words

alcohol alcoholism HIV infections MAST 


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© Society of General Internal Medicine 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Lefevre
    • 1
  • Brian O’Leary
    • 5
  • Maureen Moran
    • 2
  • Melinda Mossar
    • 4
  • Paul R. Yarnold
    • 1
    • 6
  • Gary J. Martin
    • 1
  • Jeffrey Glassroth
    • 3
  1. 1.the Division of General Internal MedicineNorthwestern University Medical SchoolChicago
  2. 2.the Division of GeriatricsNorthwestern University Medical SchoolChicago
  3. 3.the Division of Pulmonary MedicineNorthwestern University Medical SchoolChicago
  4. 4.the Comprehensive HIV ClinicNorthwestern University Medical SchoolChicago
  5. 5.Midwest InternistsNaperville
  6. 6.the Department of PsychologyUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicago

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