Table 1

Main cardiovascular risk factors in narcology clinic subsample and the general population sample

Narcology clinic,
N=268
General population sample, N=2345P value*
% (N) men76.8 (208)41.7 (981)<0.001
Age (years), mean (SD, min, max)48.5 (8.5, 35.1, 68.6)53.7 (9.6, 35.3, 69.9)<0.001
Missing NMeans or percentages*
(95% CI)
Means or percentages*
(95% CI)
Current drinkers†0100%91.0% (89.0 to 92.0)
Current smoking276.3% (69.9 to 81.8)23.0% (21.3 to 24.9)<0.001
AUDIT score>=8096.8% (93.2 to 98.5)7.8% (6.5 to 9.3)<0.001
CAGE score>=2090.1% (84.9 to 93.6)11.1% (9.7 to 12.5)<0.001
Use of antihypertensive medication021.0% (15.8 to 27.3)35.4% (33.2 to 37.7)<0.001
BMI (kg/m2), mean024.9 (24.2 to 25.7)27.8 (27.4 to 28.2)<0.001
Waist to hip ratio, mean00.88 (0.87 to 0.89)0.88 (0.88 to 0.89)0.292
Systolic blood pressure (mm Hg), mean10127.4 (124.7 to 130.1)132.8 (131.5 to 134.1)<0.001
Diastolic blood pressure (mm Hg), mean1083.2 (81.5 to 84.8)83.8 (83.0 to 84.6)0.419
Ln-transformed NT-proBNP194.95 (4.81 to 5.09)4.42 (4.35 to 4.49)<0.001
NT-proBNP >125 pg/mL1955.99 (49.27 to 62.5)28.35 (26.34 to 30.44)<0.001
Total cholesterol (mmol/L), mean104.99 (4.83 to 5.15)5.35 (5.27 to 5.42)<0.001
Low density lipoprotein cholesterol (mmol/L), mean103.23 (3.1 to 3.36)3.58 (3.52 to 3.65)<0.001
High density lipoprotein cholesterol (mmol/L), mean101.46 (1.41 to 1.52)1.44 (1.41 to 1.46)0.283
No higher education052.8% (46.6 to 59.0)23.6% (21.9 to 25.4)<0.001
  • *Adjusted for age, sex.

  • †All participants from narcology clinic sample are current drinkers, but were not drinking during the period of admission to narcology clinic.

  • AUDIT, Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test; BMI, body mass index; CAGE, Cut down, Annoyed, Guilty, Eye Opener; NT-proBNP, N-terminal pro-b-type natriuretic peptide.