Carnitine plays a central role in lipid metabolism. There have been several suggestions that camitine metabolism is affected in alcoholism. In the present study plasma camitine levels in severely dependent alcoholic patients were investigated. The results show that total and free plasma camitine in 11 out of 14 patients were raised above those found in normal control subjects. This may be indicative of changes central to the disease process. We suggest that plasma free camitine represents a useful test which can be added to those currently used to assess alcohol dependence.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||British Journal of Addiction|
|State||Published - Jun 1989|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Medicine (miscellaneous)