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Alcoholism Symptoms

History/Behavioral Observation Red Flags for Adult Alcohol Abuse

  1. Tremor/perspiring/tachycardia.
  2. Evidence of current intoxication.
  3. Prescription drug seeking behavior.
  4. Frequent falls; unexplained bruises.
  5. Diabetes, elevated BP, ulcers non-responsive to treatment.
  6. Frequent hospitalizations.
  7. Gunshot/knife wound.
  8. Suicide talk/attempt; depression.
  9. Pregnancy (screen all).

Laboratory Red Flags for Adult Alcohol/Drug Abuse

  1. MCV-over 95
  2. MCH-High
  3. GGT-High
  4. SGOT-High
  5. Bilirubin-High
  6. Triglycerides-High
  7. Anemia
  8. Positive UA for alcohol

History/Behavioral Observation Red Flags for Adolescent Alcohol Abuse

  1. Physical injuries; MVA, gunshot/knife wound, unexplained or repeated injuries.

    1. Evidence of current use, e.g. dilated/pinpoint pupils, tremors, perspiring,

    tachycardia, slurred/rapid speech.

    1. Persistent cough (cigarette smoking is a risk factor).
    2. Engages in risky behavior, e.g. unprotected sex.
    3. Marked fall in academic/extracurricular performance.
    4. Suicide talk/attempt; depression.
    5. Sexually transmitted diseases.
    6. Staphylococcus infection on face, arms, legs.
    7. Unexplained weight loss.
    8. Pregnancy (screen all).

    Laboratory Red Flags for Adolescent Alcohol/Drug Abuse

    1. Positive UA for alcohol/illicit drugs
    2. Hepatitis A-B-C
    3. GGT-High
    4. SGOT-High
    5. Bilirubin-High

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