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Determining the Quantity of Alcohol Consumed

      Questioning patients about their consumption of alcohol (ethanol) is an important part of history taking. To determine the specific quantity, it is essential to understand how much alcohol is in a bottle of spirits or a bottle of wine or a bottle of beer, and the container sizes in which they are consumed. I am reminded of the executive who asked his assistant to come into his office: “Aren't you proud of me?” he asked. “I am down to 1 cup of coffee a day.” An enormous cup—probably holding 3,000 ml—was sitting on his desk.
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