Minute amounts of cerebrospinal fluid samples from alcoholics were subjected to separation by HPLC-molecular sieving, combined with multispectral UV analysis of the acquired data. A significant difference in the protein/polypeptide pattern within the molecular weight range of 7-10 kDa has been observed between samples, taken directly after detoxification and 2 weeks later. Spectral analysis of the results suggests that the components are of peptidergic nature. On the other hand, albumin content did not differ significantly, suggesting that the blood-brain barrier was not affected. An enzyme marker, dynorphin converting enzyme, remained unchanged in both groups.