The treatment modalities for alcohol consumption are briefly reviewed
with special emphasis on brief motivational intervention. The usefulne
ss of laboratory markers of alcohol consumption in identifying relapse
s and as adjuncts to therapy programmes is highlighted. The recently d
eveloped marker, carbohydrate-deficient transferrin, has proven to be
a promising test and its use to monitor relapse in patients using each
patient's cut-off value offers advantages over group cut-offs.