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Alcohol use screening

Excessive use of alcohol and drugs has a substantial harmful impact on health and society in the United States. Patients with substance-use problems have a greater risk for serious injury. Brief interventions, especially prior to the onset of addiction, significantly improve health. Similar benefits occur in those with addictive disorders who are referred to treatment. Hospitalization provides a prime opportunity to address substance use, and for many patients, controlling their other health problems requires addressing their substance use.

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This measure tracks the percent of hospitalized patients who are screened during the hospital stay using a validated screening questionnaire for unhealthy alcohol use.