Clinical and biochemical profile of alcohol users in Basra
AbstractAll 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
Mossawe, J.F.A., Ali, N.A.J., Ahmed, J.H. & Al Naama, L.M. (2009). Clinical and biochemical profile of alcohol users in Basra. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117753
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 15 (5), 1226-1234, 2009
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