The ability to meaningfully consent intoxicated and chemically dependent patients for
research has inhibited medical advances in this vulnerable population. A recent pilot
supported use of the University of California, San Diego Brief Assessment of Capacity to
Consent tool to assess the capacity of intoxicated emergency department patients to
participate in research. The objective is to determine the number of intoxicated emergency
department patients who could correctly complete the questionnaire, and evaluate alcohol
concentration, sedation and ability to recall participation upon sobriety.