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Minnesotans drink 20% more than the national average, with 5.5% of all adult residents having some form of alcohol use disorder. Over the past 15 years the number of alcohol-related deaths has significantly increased from an average rate of 18.6 per 100,000 (2001 – 2005) to 28.9 per 100,000 (2013 – 2017), and liver disease makes up about 28% of all alcohol related deaths in the state. The purpose of this retrospective, observational, descriptive study is to identify the rates of alcohol abuse, liver disease, cirrhosis, and liver failure in Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center’s critically ill patients, describe and compare their health outcomes, evaluate their rates of sepsis as their reason for admission, identify how many patients have withdrawal requiring treatment, and identify demographic patterns in these groups of patients to better identify populations we can target with preventive interventions.
Dr. Kristin Colling is the Principal Investigator. Melissa Harry, PhD, is the Co-Investigator.