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An alcoholic patient who continues to drink: case outcome

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7536.276 (Published 02 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:276

This article has a correction. Please see:

  1. Stuart McPherson, specialist registrar1,
  2. Colin John Rees, consultant gastroenterologist (Colin.rees@sthct.nhs.uk)1
  1. 1 Department of Gastroenterology, South Tyneside Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, South Shields NE34 0PL
  1. Correspondence to: C J Rees
  • Accepted 30 September 2005

Four weeks ago (7 January BMJ 2006;332: 33) we presented the case of Mr Bond, who has a history of alcoholic cirrhosis and presented with a variceal bleed. He discharged himself four days after admission and went home to stay with his girlfriend (14 January BMJ 2006;332: 98). He was stable for a few weeks, but when reviewed in clinic he admitted to continued alcohol consumption. At this time he was strongly advised to work towards complete abstinence and was given advice about the local alcohol services available to him. Mr Bond had not contacted these as he felt that they would not help. Mr Bond was clear that he planned to …

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