Alcohol Use and Activity Patterns Following Spinal Cord Injury

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ABSTRACT.The relationship between predisability alcohol use and activity patterns was studied in 103 persons with recent onset spinal cord injury. They reported biographic information, alcohol use, and number of drinking problems during the 6 months prior to injury; completed the Acceptance of Disability Scale; and reported activities with the Activity Pattern Indicators. Persons who drank more before injury and who reported more family drinking problems also reported a greater number of drinking problems; in turn, persons with more drinking problems reported spending less time in quiet activities such as sleeping and resting during rehabilitation hospitalization, but spent more time in quiet recreation (e.g., watching television and reading). Furthermore, persons who drank more reported spending less time in productive activities such as rehabilitation therapies. These relationships highlight important yet previously undocumented relationships that may affect rehabilitation outcome. Follow-up of this sample postdischarge is planned to determine longer term consequences of alcohol use.

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