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Diagnostic Tests for Alcohol abuse

Diagnostic Test list for Alcohol abuse:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Alcohol abuse includes:

  • General facial appearance - plethoric face, puffy greasy face, spider veins on face, rosacea and rhinophyma( all indicative of chronic alcohol use ); blood shot eyes, smell of stale alcohol.
  • Physical examination - looking for signs of liver disease or complications of alcohol abuse e.g. anemia, high blood pressure, enlarged heart, arrhythmia, gout.
  • Blood tests - Serum gamma glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) elevated in chronic drinkers and returns to normal with cessation of intake.
  • Large red cell size with chronic alcohol use
  • Anemia - may be present due to blood loss , iron deficiency , folate deficiency or bone marrow toxicity all as a result of alcohol abuse.
  • Low platelet count - with chronic alcohol use due to bone marrow toxicity.
  • Abnormal liver function tests - in alcohol liver disease , cirrhosis.
  • Elevated Uric acid with chronic alcohol use
  • Elevated triglycerides with chronic alcohol use
  • Vitamin B1 - low with Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.
  • Coagulation studies - prolonged PT in chronic alcohol use and alcohol liver disease.
  • Liver Ultrasound scan - can detect fatty liver, cirrhosis.

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Alcohol abuse causes:

Tests and diagnosis discussion for Alcohol abuse:

Opinions vary on the definition of alcohol abuse. Abuse can be regular usage that is turning into a dependency. Abuse can also be binge drinking; consuming a large quantity of alcohol in a very short amount of time, but not necessarily every day. Some believe that more than one drink a day for most women is too much. A standard drink is generally considered to be 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits. It is generally believed that on any given day, a woman should have no more than 2 drinks, and that a woman should not drink every day. However, defining abuse is difficult because the pattern of drinking is an important determinant of alcohol-related consequences. So, while data is often collected in terms of the " average number of drinks per week," one drink taken each day may have different consequences than seven drinks taken on a Saturday night. (Source: excerpt from Alcohol Abuse and Treatment: NWHIC)

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Alcohol abuse:

The following list of conditions have 'Alcohol abuse' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Alcohol abuse:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Alcohol abuse' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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