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Table 1 Characteristics of 173 Adults with Unhealthy Alcohol Use Visiting a Primary Care Physician

From: Improvements in readiness to change and drinking in primary care patients with unhealthy alcohol use: a prospective study

Characteristic %(n)
Female 42% (72)
Race/ethnicity  
   African-American 58% (101)
   White 18% (31)
   Latino 16% (28)
   Other 8% (13)
Employed (last 3 month) 60%(103)
Having a partner 68%(118)
Illicit drug use, last 30 days (any drug) 34% (58)
Patient's physician randomized to receive intervention (provision of screening results) 58% (100)
Discussion with physician about alcohol consumption 55% (95)
  mean, (SD )
Age 43.10 (12.61)
Drinks per day 3.05 (4.76)
Alcohol related consequences 8.41 (10.36)
Readiness to change drinking measures (pre visit)  
   Readiness (1 to 10) 5.04 (3.13)
   Importance (1 to 10) 6.01 (3.56)
   Confidence (1 to 10) 7.75 (2.60)
   RTCQ (-24 to 24) 3.32 (6.76)
  1. Alcohol related consequences: Short Inventory of Problems score
  2. RTCQ: Readiness To Change Questionnaire