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Natalie E Walsham & Roy A Sherwood

In: The SAGE Handbook of Drug & Alcohol Studies Volume 2

Chapter 18: Biomarkers of Alcohol Misuse

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Biomarkers of Alcohol Misuse
Biomarkers of Alcohol Misuse
Natalie E WalshamRoy A Sherwood
Introduction

Alcohol misuse has a wide distribution among all socioeconomic and ethnic groups worldwide with an estimated global lifetime prevalence of 16% in the adult population. Alcoholism is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. In its most recent report on alcohol, the World Health Organization (WHO 2011) estimated that more than 70 million people worldwide could be considered to have an alcohol use disorder (AUD) based on the classification in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and that AUD was responsible for 2.25 million or 3.8% of the total number of deaths in the world each year. In the UK, the Health and Social Care Information Centre estimated that AUDs cost ...

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