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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 42-48

Comparison of Questionnaires and Laboratory Tests in the Detection of Excessive Drinkers and Alcholics

1 Ex-Professor, Chennai Medical college, Chennai, India
2 Chief Medical Director, South Eastern Railway Hospital, Calcutta, India
3 Senior D.M.O., Southern Railway Head Quarters Hospital, Chennai-600023, India
4 Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, PSG Medical College, Coimbatore, India

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225 alcoholics in village and 149 alcoholics in a mental hospital outpatients were administered screening questionnaires for alcoholics status (MAST) dependence (SADD), and consumption data (Q.F. Index). All of them underwent GGT and MCV estimation within 48 hours of last drinking. Comparison of laboratory test with the questionnaires revealed that questionnaires were more useful in community and the laboratory test in hospital where they could also be used in diagnosing monitoring and follow-up assessment of patients.



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