Physical exercise as a supplement to outpatient treatment of alcohol use disorders – design and preliminary results of a randomized controlled trial

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Background and aim

Alcohol use disorder is a widespread problem in Denmark and has severe impacts on health and quality of life of each individual. The clinical treatment of alcohol use disorder involves evidence-based knowledge on medical treatment, physical training, and psychological management. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of physical exercise on alcohol intake, cardio-respiratory fitness and socio-psychological outcomes.

Methods and design
The study is a randomized controlled trial with three arms: (A) Standard treatment alone, (B) Standard treatment and physical exercise in groups, or (C) Standard treatment and physical exercise on an individual basis. The patients will fill a questionnaire and they will be tested at baseline, and after 6 and 12 months.

At the end of March 2014 we expect to analyse the first baseline data and follow up data. Here, we will present the study and inform about the first preliminary results.

If this study detects a positive relationship between exercise as a supplement to alcohol treatment and patients’ alcohol intake, quality of life, fitness, well-being, anxiety, depression and interpersonal problems, it will be recommended to implement exercise as an offer to users of the outpatient clinic in the future.
Publikationsdato18. maj 2014
StatusUdgivet - 18. maj 2014
BegivenhedEuropean Association of Substance Abuse Research : Conference - Luneburg, Tyskland
Varighed: 15. maj 201418. maj 2014
Konferencens nummer: 17


KonferenceEuropean Association of Substance Abuse Research