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Substance Use Disorder: Alcohol

Substance use disorders (SUD), including the abuse of alcohol, prescription medications, or opioids, can lead to significant negative consequences to an individual's mental and physical health, work performance, housing status, and social functioning. Important issues being studied include alcohol screening and brief counseling, SUD specialty care, and the treatment of common comorbidities (i.e., SUD and PTSD or SUD and chronic pain).

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(5 of more than 1074 ALCOHOL focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 63 ALCOHOL focused publication briefs)

  • Greater Risk of Opioid Prescription Overlap in Veterans Using Medicare Part D–Reimbursed Pharmacies
    This study sought to identify trends in dispensed prescriptions for opioids and the frequency of overlapping days’ supply of prescriptions for opioid medications in Veterans dually eligible for VA and Medicare Part D benefits. Findings showed that over the study period, there was an increasing reliance on the use of Part D–reimbursed pharmacies for opioid prescriptions among Veterans. Although opi...
    Date: May 1, 2017
  • Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Therapy among Veterans is Overwhelmingly Initiated by VA Clinicians
    The aim of this study was to compare reasons for discontinuation of long-term opioid therapy (LTOT) between Veterans with and without substance use disorder (SUD) receiving care within the VA healthcare system in the years following release of 2009 and 2010 clinical practice guidelines. Findings showed that the majority of Veterans (85%) discontinued opioid use because their clinician stopped pres...
    Date: March 1, 2017
  • Central Nervous System Polypharmacy May Increase Risk of Overdose and Suicide-Related Behavior among OEF/OIF Veterans
    This study examined the prevalence of central nervous system (CNS) polypharmacy and its association with drug/alcohol overdose and suicide-related behaviors in a national cohort of OEF/OIF Veterans. Findings showed that of the Veterans in this study, 8% had received five or more CNS-acting medications in 2011. CNS polypharmacy was most strongly associated with PTSD, depression, and TBI – and was i...
    Date: March 1, 2016
  • Veterans Exiting Prison Have Extensive Treatment Needs, Particularly for Mental Health and Substance Use Issues
    This study determined incarcerated Veterans’ contact with VA healthcare in the year after a Health Care for Reentry Veterans (HCRV) visit (prior to release from prison), the prevalence of mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) diagnoses, and rates of mental health or SUD treatment entry and engagement in the first month after diagnosis. Findings showed that of the Veterans with an HCRV out...
    Date: December 21, 2015
  • Alcohol Misuse among Female Veterans
    This study examined the demographic/military, interpersonal violence, and mental health correlates of alcohol misuse among female Veterans seeking VA healthcare. Findings showed that younger age, adulthood physical abuse, military sexual trauma, past-year psychological aggression by an intimate partner, and PTSD and depression symptom severity showed significant associations with alcohol misuse. T...
    Date: December 7, 2015

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( 5 of more than 42 ALCOHOL focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
IIR 15-298 Improving Outcomes among Medical/Surgical Inpatients with Alcohol Use Disorders Timko, Christine 2017-09-01
PPO 16-305 Evaluating the Adaptability and Implementation Potential of an Innovative Alcohol Intervention for Veterans in Primary Care: Integrating Mobile-based Applications with Peer Support Blonigen, Daniel 2017-09-01
PPO 15-410 Evaluating the Feasibility and Acceptability of a Mobile Application for Self-management of Unhealthy Alcohol Use Hawkins, Eric 2017-04-01
SDP 11-411 A Multi-Faceted Intervention to Improve Alcohol Dependence Pharmacotherapy Access Hagedorn, Hildi 2014-05-01
RRP 12-175 Redesigning Collaborative Depression Care for PTSD and Alcohol Abuse Rubenstein, Lisa 2014-04-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

5 sample "Alcohol" publications displayed.

  • e-Interventions for Alcohol Misuse
    ...e-Interventions for Alcohol Misuse e-Interventions for Alcohol Misuse Subscribe to the ESP Report RSS feed e-Interventions for Alcohol Misuse...

  • Management Briefs
    ...Briefs Issue 94 March 2015 E-Interventions for Alcohol Misuse The economic, social, and health burden of alcohol misuse is widely recognized,...

  • Research for Women Veterans
    ...sample of women Veterans estimates that 27% to 32% misuse alcohol. Unfortunately, significant challenges exist in identifying alcohol misuse among...

  • HSR&D Impacts
    ...HSR&D Impacts HSR&D Impacts Health Services Reserach and Development Service Impacts 2001 » Back to main Impacts page Message from the Director...

  • HSR&D Research Briefs
    ...Calls for Submission Defense Health Program: Department of Defense Alcohol and Substance Abuse Research Program Upcoming Funding Opportunities....

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The most recent "Alcohol" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
1/4/2018 Prazosin for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Comorbidities: Toward a Precision Medicine Approach Raskind, Murray  
8/2/2017 Assessing and Reducing Violence in Military Veterans Elbogen, Eric  
4/4/2017 Pain, Alcohol, and Tobacco Smoking: Bidirectional Relations and Novel Treatment Considerations Ditre, Joseph  
12/13/2016 Improving the Measurement of Alcohol-related Care: Results from the RAND-VA AQUAL Study Hoggatt, Katherine  
Hepner, Kimberly  
9/12/2016 A Practical Guide to Using the CDW Mental Health Domain Hawkins, Eric  
Malte, Carol  

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Other Resources

  • Visit the VA's Office of Research & Development healthcare topic overview section to learn more about milestones in VA's substance use disorders research, read research updates, and download research fact sheets.
  • Visit the Veterans Health Library video page on wellness and learn more about alcohol use disorders.
  • Learn more about how to volunteer in VA-funded research studies.

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