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Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology
ISSN: 0795-8080
Vol. 16, No. 1, 2004, pp. 11-14
Bioline Code: bk04002
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Biokemistri, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2004, pp. 11-14

 en α - Amylase Activity In The Saliva And Plasma Of Habitual Alcohol Drinkers
Onyesom, Innocent & Erude, Hope O.


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.

α-amylase, saliva, alcohol, Urhobo

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