Biological markers of alcohol use

Kim Wolff, E. Jane Marshall

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Biochemical markers provide an objective assessment in the screening and confirmation of recent alcohol consumption, intoxication, relapse, heavy drinking, alcohol use disorders and alcohol-related organ dysfunction. They can be used to monitor excessive drinking in certain professional groups (airline pilots, bus and train drivers, doctors) and for forensic purposes such as for monitoring drinking as part of contracts for ‘driving while intoxicated’ (DWI) offenders. Although the level of interest in the development of these markers is high, no single marker has been found that has the diagnostic efficiency (combined sensitivity and specificity) of the direct measurement of alcohol – a very accurate measurement, but one limited by the short half-life of blood alcohol after cessation of drinking.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-438
Number of pages2
JournalAddiction Psychiatry
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006


  • Alcohol use disorder


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