Monday, January 05, 2009

Alcohol Misuse Leads to Medication Disuse

People do not really like talking about it, or admitting it, but drinking does affect our ability to function in an organized way on a day to day basis. This recently published article by Bryson et al., investigated the relationship between drinking and non-adherence in three populations of patients: hyperlipidemia (n=5473), hypoglycemia (n=3468), and hypertension (n=13, 729). Using the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test-Consumption (AUDIT-C) questionnaire, authors found that increasing alcohol misuse was associated with decreasing adherence in both the hypertension and hyperlipidemia populations.