Post‐prandial plasma gastrointestinal hormone profiles were measured in nine chronic alcoholics, one and fourteen days after complete alcohol withdrawal. Basal plasma pancreatic polypeptide concentration (PP — mean ± SE mean) was significantly greater in alcoholics (control, 28 ± 5 pmol/l; alcoholics, post‐withdrawal day 1, 62 ± 14 pmol/1, P < 0.05; and post‐withdrawal day 14, 89 ± 17 pmol/l, P < 0.005). The total integrated (TIR) PP response following a test breakfast was similarly elevated (control, 442 ± 63 units; alcoholics, day 1, 1310 ± 231 units, P < 0.005; day 14, 1066 ± 66, P < 0.005). Basal and TIR values for gastrin, gastric inhibitory peptide, insulin and glucagon were similar in alcoholics and controls. As PP has been shown to inhibit pancreatic exocrine enzyme secretion, these findings may help explain the abnormal pancreatic function seen frequently in alcoholics.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1983|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism