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The Journal of Internal Korean Medicine 2007;28(1): 115-123.
과음하는 성인남자 53 명의 음주패턴과 간 장애에 대한 분석 연구
홍상훈1, 조정효2, 손창규2
1동의대학교 한의과대학 간장내과학 교실
2대전대학교 한의과대학 간장내과학 교실
Analytic Study for Alcohol Consumption-related Parameters in 53 Heavy Drinkers
Sang-hoon Hong1, Jung-hyo Cho2, Chang-gue Son2
1Internal Department of Oriental Medicine College, Dongeui University
2Internal Department of Oriental Medicine College, Daejeon University
Correspondence  Chang-gue Son ,Tel: 042-470-9481, Fax: 042-470-9005, Email: ckson@dju.ac.kr
  Published online: March 30, 2007.
ABSTRACT
Objectives:
To investigate the correlations among alcohol consumption, alcoholic liver disorders, physical symptoms, and behaviors in heavy drinkers.

Methods :
53 males who self-realized their severe alcohol consumption were enrolled in this study. 10 answers for a questionnaire, serum parameter, sonographic finding and body mass index were attained. The correlations between them were analyzed using Pearson's correlation and Student’s t-test.

Results:
The average consumption of alcohol in these subjects was 2.5-fold over social drinkers. The incidence of alcoholic hepatitis was around 30%, while fatty liver 73%, and abnormal GGT 77%, respectively. No specific correlation between average volume of daily alcoholic consumption and alcohol-related hepatic parameters was shown in this study, but correlative tendency between fatty liver and body mass index was exhibited.

Conclusions:
This study may indicate that alcoholic liver injuries are caused by not just volume of alcohol consumed but more mixed factors including inherited genetic components, body fat mass, foods and other physical or emotional stress.
Key words: alcoholic liver disorder, fatty liver, BMI
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