Estimating the Proportion of Problem Drinkers in an Ex-Addict Population: Use of Cage and Drinking Frequency Measures

  • Steven Belenko
  • Sandra Kellum


A number of studies have presented estimates of the extent of alcohol abuse among heroin addicts. Although most researchers and treatment personnel have agreed that it is a major problem or potential problem in this population, the extent of the problem has been somewhat difficult to determine, since there has been a wide variation in the reported proportion of alcohol abusers. In addition, the findings are difficult to interpret due to differences in methodology, in the populations studied, and in the definition of alcohol abuse. It has become increasingly clear, however, that problem drinking presents a major barrier to the successful treatment of heroin addiction.


Problem Drinker Methadone Maintenance Heroin Addict Drinking Frequency Heroin Addiction 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven Belenko
    • 1
  • Sandra Kellum
    • 2
  1. 1.Mathematica Policy ResearchPrincetonUSA
  2. 2.San FranciscoUSA

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