Table 91.2Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

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

From: Chapter 91, The Alcohol Drinking History

Cover of Clinical Methods
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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