Ann Pharmacol Pharm | Volume 5, Issue 3 | Research Article | Open Access

Physician’s Perspective on Alcohol Use among Patients of Tertiary Care Hospital Abbottabad Pakistan

Fazal Subhan1, Aftab Alam2, Izhar Ahmad1, Asim Afridi M3, Awais Arshid M4, Ahmad Z5 and Khalid Rauf1*

1Department of Pharmacy, COMSATS University Islamabad, Pakistan
2Department of Psychiatry, Ayub Medical Institute, Pakistan
3Department of Management Science, COMSATS University Islamabad, Pakistan
4Department of Pharmacy, Aga Khan University Karachi, Pakistan
5Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Abbottabad University of Science and Technology, Pakistan

*Correspondance to: Khalid Rauf 

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Alcoholism is a chronic brain disorder having a propensity of causing addiction, which afflicts communities through social, financial and health burdens. The objective of this work was to explore the Physician’s Perspective regarding cases of alcohol dependence among OPD and ward patients, seeking medical services at the tertiary care hospital Abbottabad region. We conducted a cross-sectional, questionnaire-based study in different OPD and wards in tertiary care hospitals. A questionnaire was circulated among physicians and their perspective regarding alcohol use and associated challenges were acquired. Data were analyzed using SPSS® software. A questionnaire was disseminated among 225 physicians out of whom 99 physicians gave their opinion. About 63% of doctors opined that one out of ten patients seeking medical help is using alcohol. Additionally, 70% of physicians reported that alcoholic patients were in the age range from 29 years to 48 years and 25% of the physician responded that alcoholism is gradually affecting even the younger population. More than 73% of physicians agreed that alcohol adds to disease burden and prolongs the stay of patients in hospitals. These findings imply that the problem of alcohol abuse is rising in the Abbottabad region, affecting the primarily young population, which augments the disease burden and enhances the patient’s hospitalization rate and time.


Physician’s perspective; Alcohol use; Alcohol dependence; Tertiary care hospital


Subhan F, Alam A, Ahmad I, Asim Afridi M, Awais Arshid M, Ahmad Z, et al. Physician’s Perspective on Alcohol Use among Patients of Tertiary Care Hospital Abbottabad Pakistan. Ann Pharmacol Pharm. 2020;5(3):1181.

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