Physical exercise as a supplement to outpatient treatment of alcohol use disorders – a randomized controlled trial
1 Institute of Psychology, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, Odense M 5230, Denmark
2 National Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
3 Department of Psychiatry, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark
BMC Psychology 2013, 1:23 doi:10.1186/2050-7283-1-23Published: 31 October 2013
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.
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.
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.
Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN74889852.