Alcohol Abuse Linked with Poor Adherence in HIV/AIDS Patients

Published Online: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Follow Pharmacy_Times:
Patients with HIV and AIDS who abuse alcohol are more likely to be nonadherent to antiretroviral treatment, a recent study conducted in Vietnam finds.

The cross-sectional survey, published online on January 10, 2014, in BMC Public Health, evaluated the relationship between alcohol use disorders, adherence to antiretroviral treatment, and health-related quality of life outcomes in patients with HIV and AIDS. The study was part of the 2012 HIV Services Users Survey, which was conducted in 7 clinics in 3 epicenters in Vietnam.

A total of 468 drug users and 648 non– drug users were included in the study. Among drug users, 35% were hazardous drinkers, compared with just 25.9% of those who did not use drugs. Approximately 22% of drug users engaged in binge drinking, and 25.9% reported poor adherence to antiretroviral therapy. Overall, patients who had at-risk or binge drinking behaviors were approximately twice as likely to have poor adherence as those who did not misuse alcohol. Patients identified as hazardous or binge drinkers also had lower quality-of-life scores compared with safe drinkers.

The authors of the study suggest that screening and interventions may help to improve adherence among HIV and AIDS patients who also abuse alcohol.

Related Articles
Pharmacists can expect to answer patient questions related to HIV more often in the beginning of the week.
Despite increases in liver cirrhosis hospitalizations over the years, the cirrhotic inpatient death rate has dropped 41%.
HIV-infected men may be more sensitive to alcohol’s effects.
Following a state alcohol tax hike in 2009, the number of fatal alcohol-related vehicle crashes in Illinois decreased by 26%.
Latest Issues
  • photo
    Pharmacy Times
    photo
    Health-System Edition
    photo
    Directions in Pharmacy
    photo
    OTC Guide
    photo
    Generic Supplements
  • photo
    Pharmacy Careers
    photo
    Specialty Pharmacy Times
    photo
    Generic
$auto_registration$