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Citation

Phillips M. Alcohol Clin. Exp. Res. 1984; 8(1): 51-53.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1984, John Wiley and Sons)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

6370024

Abstract

The object of this study was to measure how accurately drinkers report their consumption of alcohol. Twenty-two normal volunteers kept a written record of all alcoholic beverages they consumed in 1 week. During the same period, their actual intake was monitored by the sweat-patch test for alcohol consumption. Only nine subjects (40.9%) reported their alcohol consumption accurately; two (9.1%) overreported their intake, and 11 (50%) underreported their intake. Five (22.7%) of those who underreported their consumption claimed to have drunk no alcohol at all, but elevated ethanol levels in their sweat-patch tests indicated otherwise. These data suggest that self-reported claims concerning alcohol consumption or abstinence should be received with a degree of skepticism, and that greater emphasis should be placed upon objective laboratory tests for the diagnosis of alcohol abuse.


Language: en

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