Major Hospitals Provide Alcohol

Nearly three-quarters of the leading teaching hospitals in the United States give alcohol to patients. Beer is provided most often, followed by various forms of distilled spirits, and then wine.

Alcohol is used in the hospitals for a variety of reasons, including a courtesy to patients, the prevention of alcohol withdrawl syndrome, to promote
patient relaxation, and to stimulate appetite.

Alcohol has been used medicinally for thousands of years.

The survey is reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


  • Blondell, R. et al. Ethanol in formularies of U.S. teaching hospitals. Journal of the American Medical Association 2002, 289, 552.

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