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'I'm Sober, Doctor, Really': Best Biomarkers for Underreported Alcohol Use: When and How to Use Highly Specific Combinations to Assess Withdrawal Risk

@article{Spiegel2008ImSD,
  title={'I'm Sober, Doctor, Really': Best Biomarkers for Underreported Alcohol Use: When and How to Use Highly Specific Combinations to Assess Withdrawal Risk},
  author={David R. Spiegel and Neetu Dhadwal and Frances Gill},
  journal={Current psychiatry},
  year={2008},
  volume={7},
  pages={15}
}
Hospitalized patients who are not truthful about their alcohol consumption may be at risk for an unplanned withdraw. Self-reports of alcohol use--such as CAGE and the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT)--are valid, inexpensive, and noninvasive, but patients easily can feign results. (1) Biochemical measures are more objective, and combinations of markers are an effective tool to detect recent heavy drinking in the 10% to 25% of patients who underreport alcohol use. (2… 
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