BMF 77- Alcohol Biomarkers

Self-reporting of alcohol consumption is objective and inherently unreliable.  This has led to an intensive search for a reliable marker of chronic, excessive drinking. The detection of ethanol in biological specimens indicates recent alcohol consumption or exposure but the detection window is very short. Alcohol biomarkers can be used to extend the time window for detection and can persist long after complete elimination of ethanol. In this way they are useful relapse or abstinence markers. 


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