Patients on Methadone With Unhealthy Alcohol Use Have Poor Quality of Life
Excessive alcohol consumption is prevalent among patients receiving methadone treatment for opioid dependence and may be associated with poor quality of life.
In this cross-sectional study of 192 outpatients receiving methadone, researchers in England assessed the association between unhealthy alcohol use and health-related quality of life.
- 30%of patients had current unhealthy alcohol use;
- 10% did not have current unhealthy alcohol use but reported past alcohol problems.
- Health-related quality of life was significantly lower in patients with current unhealthy alcohol use or with past alcohol problems than in patients with neither current unhealthy alcohol use nor past alcohol problems.
Reducing unhealthy alcohol use and thus drinking problems should improve quality of life for patients receiving methadone treatment.
References: Senbanjo R, Wolff K, Marshall J. Excessive alcohol consumption is associated with reduced quality of life among methadone patients. Addiction. 2007;102(2):257-263.