SERGIO DE MARCHI, M.D.; EMANUELA CECCHIN, M.D.; FRANCO GRIMALDI, M.D.; ANTONIO BASILE, M.D.
To the editor: We read with interest the UCLA conference on alcoholism (1). From our experience in a wine-producing district of northeast Italy, we report some nephrologic effects of alcohol abuse in chronic alcoholics. Derangements of plasma composition, including hypokalemia, hypomagnesemia, and hypophosphatemia, have been described among the metabolic effects of alcoholism (2-4). The effects of drinking on renal function are, however, still controversial and largely unknown.
The discovery of an unexplained alkaline urine pH in a significant percentage of heavy drinkers prompted us to investigate some aspects of their tubular function. We studied 75 patients (age 22 to 73
DE MARCHI S, CECCHIN E, GRIMALDI F, BASILE A. Alcohol and Renal Function. Ann Intern Med. ;101:145. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-101-1-145_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(1):145.
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