Year: 1987 Source: The International Journal of the Addictions, v.22, no.5, (May 1987), p.469-475 SIEC No: 19901764

This study analyzes 42 patients with alcohol-related problems who used a walk-in psychiatric emergency clinic. Nearly two-thirds attended outside of office hours. After hour patients were more often depressed, had other psychiatric symptoms, had recently attempted suicide, had social problems, & at assessment were threatening suicide. Those who were seen during office hours more often had medical problems relating to their alcohol dependence. 24 hour service seems necessary for this group. (VM)