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Title: Clinical and biochemical profile of alcohol users in Basra
Authors: Mossawe, J.F.A.
Ali, N.A.J.
Ahmed, J.H.
Al Naama, L.M.
Issue Date: 2009
Language: English
Abstract: All psychiatric and general medical male patients referred to 2 hospitals in Basra, Iraq from September 2000 to April 200l were screened using the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test. A total of 189 men were identified as having alcohol-related problems. The majority were aged 30-49 years, and two-thirds had drunk alcohol for over 10 years. About 53% of patients exceeded 1 bottle [750 mL] of spirits daily, and 14.8% reported morning drinking. Elevation of liver enzymes, hepatomegaly, jaundice and cirrhosis were identified in 46.0%. Liver cirrhosis was more common in patients drinking locally made arak. Many of the patients suffered psychiatric disorders, including anxiety disorders, depression and suicide attempts, and 80.9% took other psychoactive drugs
Description: 1226-1234
Keywords: Liver Diseases, Alcoholic
Liver Cirrhosis, Alcoholic
Psychoses, Alcoholic
Liver Function Tests
Subject: Alcoholism
ISSN: 1020-3397
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