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Citation

Roine RP, Korri UM, Ylikahri R, Penttila A, Pikkarainen J, Salaspuro M. Alcohol Alcohol. 1988; 23(2): 123-126.

Affiliation

Research Unit of Alcohol Diseases, University Central Hospital of Helsinki, Finland.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1988, Oxford University Press)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

3390236

Abstract

727 consecutive drunken drivers were studied for laboratory markers of excessive alcohol consumption. Serum gamma-glutamyltransferase and alanine aminotransferase showed no differences and aspartate aminotransferase and blood alcohol concentration only small differences between groups of first and repeating drunk driving offenders. The best laboratory test to differentiate the repeating offenders with probably more serious alcohol problems from the first offenders was in our material serum acetate, the mean serum acetate level of the repeating offenders being highly significantly (P less than 0.001) higher than that of the first offenders or nonalcoholic controls. Serum acetate also differentiated first offenders from nonalcoholic controls (P less than 0.001). Our results suggest that serum acetate could be used for the screening of problem drinking among drunken drivers.


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