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A Clinical Study of Alcoholism among Pategar Community of Dharwad, Karnataka, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Studies in Anthropology, Karnatak University, Dharwad, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Medical Sci., Volume 1, Issue (8), Pages 19-21, September,28 (2013)


Alcohol has been renowned for its hazardous effects on multiple organs. The effects of alcohol are most common in liver, pancreas, stomach, intestines, heart, brain and foetus. Alcohol also has been associated with various types of cancers, high blood pressure, and sexual dysfunction. An attempt has been made here to compare the alcohol dependent patients and healthy controls with laboratory parameters. The laboratory parameters namely, Total Serum Bilirubin, Blood alcohol content (BAC), Total Cholesterol, MCV (Mean corpuscular volume) of Blood, Gamma Glutamyl Transpeptidase (GGT), Alanine amino Transferase (ALT), Carbohydrate-Deficient Transferrin (CDT %), and Aspartate amino Transferase (AST) tests were estimated. A group of 100 alcoholic patients and 100 healthy controls from Pategar community were examined. In the present study the Z values are significant at 99.00 per cent confidence limits in all laboratory parameters. Therefore, all clinical laboratory parameters exhibit significant differences between alcohol dependent patients and controls.


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