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A Case Study: Identifying Alcohol Abuse in Multiple Sclerosis

Sammarco, Carrie Lyn

Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: December 2007 - Volume 39 - Issue 6 - p 373–376

Limited information is available regarding alcohol abuse in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Tools are available to assist clinicians in screening and intervention for alcoholism. Though the literature does not convincingly support that patients with MS are at a significantly increased risk for developing alcohol abuse, it may complicate symptoms or aggravate their underlying neurologic disease. This case study provides an example of an individual with MS whose condition is complicated by alcohol abuse. Further research may validate assessment tools in this population and examine the physiologic, psychologic, and neuro-immune implications of alcohol abuse on patients with MS.

Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Carrie Lyn Sammarco, DrNP MSCN FNP-C, at She is a staff associate (neurology) in the Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Care and Research Center at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell, New York, NY.

© 2007 American Association of Neuroscience Nurses