Driving under the influence of alcohol and alcohol use disorder: the relevance of early identification from an Italian retrospective outpatient study

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Introduction. Worldwide, almost 1.2 million people drive under the influence of alcohol. However, early identification of alcohol use disorder (AUD) in subjects driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol is seldom achieved.
Aim. The aim of our retrospective study is to investigate the presence of AUD in a population of DUI subjects who had their driving license suspended, and if they were following a specific rehabilitation program.
Methods and results. 750 subjects were retrospectively enrolled from 2018 to 2021. DSM-V to assess AUD was used. Forty-eight (6.4%) subjects presented a diagnosis of AUD, after one month they showed a statistically significant reduction of carbohydratedeficient transferrin (CDT) (p<0.0001); however, none were following a program for the  treatment of AUD.
Conclusions. This outpatient setting may be considered a place of primary and secondary prevention where DUI subjects with a diagnosis of AUD may be entrusted to a Centre in order to follow rehabilitation treatment.

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Fabio Caputo

LISA LUNGARO - Università degli Studi di Ferrara

Giorgia Palamara

Raimondo Maria Pavarin

Samantha Sanchini

Anna Costanzini

Giacomo Caio

Roberto De Giorgio

Gianni Testino

Emanuele Scafato

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Caputo, F., LUNGARO, L., Palamara, G., Pavarin, R. M., Sanchini, S., Costanzini, A., … Scafato, E. (2024). Driving under the influence of alcohol and alcohol use disorder: the relevance of early identification from an Italian retrospective outpatient study. Annali dell’Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, 60(2), 111–117. https://doi.org/10.4415/ANN_24_02_05
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