Table 91.2Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

Cardiovascular and respiratory systems
 Chronic fatigue
 History of high blood pressure
 Recurrent chest infections
 Transient arrhythmias ("holiday heart")
Central nervous system
 Memory loss
 Numbness and/or tingling in the limbs
 Seizures (with loss of consciousness, tongue biting, or fecal or urinary incontinence)
 Difficulty in concentration
 Loss of appetite
 Nausea and vomiting
 Hematemesis and/or melena
 History of peptic ulcer disease, pancreatitis, or liver disease
 Loss of libido
 Impotence in males
 History of recurrent trauma (falls, auto accidents, beatings, etc.)

From: Chapter 91, The Alcohol Drinking History

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Clinical Methods: The History, Physical, and Laboratory Examinations. 3rd edition.
Walker HK, Hall WD, Hurst JW, editors.
Boston: Butterworths; 1990.
Copyright © 1990, Butterworth Publishers, a division of Reed Publishing.

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