Fasting free amino acid concentrations in plasma of 20 control and 18 alcoholic subjects were compared in an attempt to validate previous reports that the molar ratio of α‐amino‐n‐butyric acid/leucine (A/L ratio) is a marker for alcoholism. We were unable to confirm the observations of either altered α‐amino‐n‐butyric acid or leucine concentrations or an increased A/L ratio in alcoholic subjects, and we conclude that the A/L ratio is not a biochemical marker for alcoholism.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research|
|State||Published - Jun 1981|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Medicine (miscellaneous)
- Psychiatry and Mental health