Short Tilte:Patterns of alcohol and substance use and abuse in persons with spinal cord injury: Risk factors and correlates
Journal:Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):04, 85, 11, 1837-1847
Article describes patterns of alcohol and substance use and abuse as they relate to demographic and injury characteristics, as well as to key medical and psychosocial outcomes, among participants with spinal cord injury (SCI) from 16 Model SCI Systems. Analysis of the data revealed that 14 percent of the subjects were likely to abuse alcohol, based on the CAGE questionnaire responses, and 11 percent reported using illegal drugs, mainly marijuana. At-risk drinkers and substance users tended to be younger, single, male, less educated and reported more pain and lower satisfaction with life. Those who drank without indication of problem drinking had better occupation outcomes. Limitations of the study and directions for future research are discussed.