Novel objective biomarkers of alcohol use: Potential diagnostic and treatment management tools in dual diagnosis care

Raj K. Kalapatapu, R. Chambers

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Alcohol use disorders are highly prevalent conditions that generate a large fraction of the total public health burden. These disorders are concentrated in mentally ill populations, in which reliability of self-reporting of alcohol consumption may be especially compromised. The application of objective biomarkers for alcohol use may therefore play an important role in these patients. This article provides a description and comparative overview of traditional versus novel biomarkers of alcohol consumption. Greater professional familiarity with and use of novel biomarkers as diagnostic and treatment management tools may enhance clinical standards and research on alcohol use in patients with a dual diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-82
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Dual Diagnosis
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009



  • Alcohol abuse
  • Alcohol biomarker
  • Alcohol dependence
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Objective measure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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