Pellagra and alcoholism: a biochemical perspective.

@article{Badawy2014PellagraAA,
  title={Pellagra and alcoholism: a biochemical perspective.},
  author={Abdulla A. -B. Badawy},
  journal={Alcohol and alcoholism},
  year={2014},
  volume={49 3},
  pages={
          238-50
        }
}
  • A. Badawy
  • Published 2014
  • Medicine
  • Alcohol and alcoholism
Historical and clinical aspects of pellagra and its relationship to alcoholism are reviewed from a biochemical perspective. Pellagra is caused by deficiency of niacin (nicotinic acid) and/or its tryptophan (Trp) precursor and is compounded by B vitamin deficiencies. Existence on maize or sorghum diets and loss of or failure to isolate niacin from them led to pellagra incidence in India, South Africa, Southern Europe in the 18th century and the USA following the civil war. Pellagra is also… Expand
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