|August 17, 2022
|Inpatient Screening and Treatment for Unhealthy Alcohol Use and Tobacco Use as a means of cancer prevention
|Evidence-Based Prevention Programs and Services
|The University of Texas at Austin
|Principal Investigator/Program Director
|Breast, Colorectal, Esophagus, Gallbladder, Head and Neck, Liver and Intrahepatic Bile Duct, Tobacco-related
Need: Excess alcohol use and tobacco use are two of the top three risk factors for cancer incidence and mortality. Both excess alcohol use and tobacco lead to increased incidence of multiple types of cancers, and in some cases, their combined effects are synergistic, particularly for head and neck cancers. In Travis County, approximately 25% of adults reported binge drinking in the previous month, and 9% of adults have alcohol use disorder. Additionally, about 10% of adults in Travis County still smoke, despite recent decreases. Rates of unhealthy alcohol and tobacco use are even higher in hospitalized patients, many of whom are admitted to treat the consequences of these risky behaviors. ...