From the December 1979 magazine.

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The alcoholic may lie about his drinking, but his blood will tell the truth. Specifically, said Joseph J. Barboriak, a certain kind of fat found in blood shows whether an individual is an alcoholic. It will also reveal the one who backslides.

Dr. Barboriak said the incriminating blood fat is high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDLC). "Our findings show that a considerable...

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