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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/5182

Title: α - Amylase activity in the saliva and plasma of habitual alcohol drinkers
Authors: Onyesom, Innocent
Erude, Hope O.
Keywords: α-amylase, saliva, alcohol, Urhobo
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2004
Publisher: Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology
Citation: Biokemistri (ISSN: 0795-8080) Vol 16 Num 1
Abstract: This study reports on the influence of habitual alcohol drinking on α-amylase activity in individuals yet to manifest any physical or clinical sign associated with such drinking habit. α-Amylase activity was determined in saliva and plasma samples from randomly selected volunteers. Twenty-five male heavy drinkers and equivalent number of sex, age and weight-matched non-drinkers, all in apparent good health were enlisted for the study after obtaining their consent. Mean α-amylase activity in saliva and plasma was significantly higher (p<0.05) in habitual drinkers (185.0±6.0 IU/L; 113.5 ± 4.0 IU/L) than in non-drinking controls (144.0 ± 8.0 IU/L; 72.5±3.5 IU/L). Significant increase in both saliva and plasma α-amylase activity could be used in the early diagnosis of heavy alcohol drinking.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/5182
Other Identifiers: http://www.bioline.org.br/abstract?id=bk04002
Rights: Copyright 2004 - Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology
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