The prevalence and incidence of heavy alcohol consumption are major problems which have been increasing in many countries in recent years. It is crucial for physicians to consistently identify early drinking problems as well as the various end disease states in order to minimize suffering and maximize recovery. This paper reviews the evolutionary development of clinical tools for detection of alcohol abuse. The focus is primarily on dmical/biochemical indicators of alcohol abuse, emphasizing but not limited to changes in hematological characteristics, Hver enzyme activity, lipids, immune function factors, hormones, neurological factors, and some physicaty based tests. Use of test combinations and sophisticated statistical analysis of pattern changes in test batteries evidence increased diagnostic efficiency.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||22|
|Journal||Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research|
|State||Published - Jul 1986|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Medicine (miscellaneous)
- Psychiatry and Mental health