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ALCOHOL AND THIAMINE DEFICIENCY

Bincy T. Abraham*, Sachin Varghese, K. Krishnakumar and Tittu P. Sunny

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Thiamine is also recognized as Vit.B1 and it is not produced in human body and obtained from the diet, for 18-20 days it is set aside in the liver. A healthy human being require about 0.33mg. Thiamine is needed for the cellular production of energy and the energy production is from ingested food. Delirium will be there if this vitamin is deficient. Alcohol is concerned as a major factor in assimilation of thiamine from the ingested food through duodenum. This literature review examines the physiology of thiamine deficiency, risk factors for thiamine deficiency, detection of thiamine deficiency, alcohol dependence and its treatment and also reviews the relation of alcohol and thiamine deficiency.

Keywords: Thiamine deficiency, Alcohol dependence, Vitamin b1, AWS scale.


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