Monday, June 21, 2010
There seems to be a high correlation (at least in men) between high HDL and alcoholism in my practice. I often ask about alcohol use (and sometimes ask the "CAGE questions" to screen for alcoholism) in men with very high HDLs. This correlation is not always true since many other factors can raise HDL. But the correlation occur frequently enough for me to do a minor screening for alcoholism in my population.