From the January 1977 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Double-Checking

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It was found by Drs. Spencer Shaw and Charles Lieber [Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York] that plasma levels of Alpha Amino n-Butyric Acid are significantly elevated in comparison to leucine in subjects who have been drinking heavily and steadily. The effect is not related to liver injury but to alcohol metabolism, and lasts long after all alcohol has left the body (at least two to four weeks). This measurement thus could give a great deal of assurance to people monitoring abstinence statements by follow-up clients.

-- Physician's Alcohol Newsletter

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