Date of Award

Summer 7-28-2023

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Medical Science (MMSc)

First Advisor

Kenneth Morford, MD, FASAM


Bariatric surgeries are the most effective treatment for severe obesity. However, despite the benefits, patients who undergo bariatric surgery, especially Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, are at a higher risk of developing alcohol use disorders compared to the general population. There is currently limited research that evaluates interventions to decrease unhealthy alcohol use in at-risk bariatric patients. This study aims to investigate whether an intervention strategy known as Brief Intervention can reduce alcohol consumption in Roux-en-Y patients who screen positive for at-risk alcohol use. We will randomize adult post-operative patients who screen positive to either receive brief interventions or usual care. Alcohol quantity and frequency will be analyzed through self-assessments over a one-year period. This study may be valuable in identifying an effective intervention to reduce unhealthy alcohol use and related complications in this patient population.

Open Access

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