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March 1981

Elevation of Serum Uric Acid as a Clue to Alcohol Abuse

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Radiology (Dr Drum and Mss Goldman and Jankowski) and the Alcoholism Service (Dr Drum), Harvard Medical School and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston.

Arch Intern Med. 1981;141(4):477-479. doi:10.1001/archinte.1981.00340040073020

• Hyperuricemia in unselected admissions to a general hospital was found to be a significant correlate of alcohol abuse in male subjects. Unexplained elevation of the serum uric acid level should always stimulate inquiry for the behavioral features of alcoholism.

(Arch Intern Med 1981;141:477-479)