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Psychiatr Pol. 2010 Jan-Feb;44(1):127-36.

[Biomarkers of alcohol abuse. Part I. Traditional biomarkers and their interpretation].

[Article in Polish]

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Klinika Psychiatrii UM w Białymstoku.


Approximately 15% of the Polish population abuse alcohol. Early detection of alcohol problems may prevent their further development and progression. The study reviews traditional biomarkers associated with alcohol abuse. The nature of biomarkers, their practical application and limitations in alcohol abuse detection, in assessment and monitoring of drinking, are reviewed. Despite the limited sensitivity and specificity in alcohol abuse detection, traditional biomarkers remain useful in alcohol abuse detection. They are widely available and relatively inexpensive, providing valuable data on complications of drinking and prognosis as well as on concurrent conditions affected by drinking.

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