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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 164-166

Screening for harmful alcohol use with the alcohol, smoking, and substance involvement screening test in clients recruited from workplace settings of a Tertiary Care Hospital of North India

1 College of Nursing, Pt. B. D Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana, India
2 National Institute of Nursing Education, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Sector 12, Chandigarh, India
3 Department of Psychiatry, Drug De-addiction and Treatment Center, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

Correspondence Address:
Jaison Joseph
College of Nursing, Pt. B. D. Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak - 124 001, Haryana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0971-9962.181102

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Background: World Health Organization developed the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) as the first screening test for rapidly detecting the harmful use of all major psychoactive substances. However, epidemiological research on substance use screening using ASSIST in Indian populations is limited. Aims and Objectives: To screen for harmful alcohol use in the Indian workplace settings using ASSIST. Subjects and Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 162 class C employees were randomly screened in their workplace settings from a tertiary care hospital based on the criteria of ASSIST. Results: The study found that nearly one-fourth (24.06%, n = 39) of the total participants as moderate and high-risk users of alcohol as per ASSIST scores. In addition, one-fifth (19.74%, n = 32) of the total participants used both alcohol and tobacco in moderate or high-risk manner. Conclusion: The results of the study indicate the alarming magnitude of harmful alcohol use in workplace settings and advocate that ASSIST is an important screening tool for detecting harmful substance use in this population.

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