Latest Alcohol dependence Stories

2006-07-06 11:15:00

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who begin to drink alcohol before the age of 14 years are not only more likely to become alcoholics than those who stay away from alcohol until they're 21; they also develop dependence on alcohol faster, and face a longer struggle with alcohol throughout their lives, a new study shows. "It's not to say that people don't get over this, but...they're at greater lifelong risk, particularly if they develop dependence so rapidly that they have it...

2005-08-11 07:55:00

Finding in fruit flies may yield new treatments Hard-drinking fruit flies have helped U.S. and German scientists uncover a gene that may shed light on humans' tolerance to alcohol. The gene -- named hangover by its discoverers -- is part of a genetic pathway that enables the flies to deal with increasing amounts of alcohol, according to researchers. They also believe this mechanism can lead to alcohol dependence and addiction. The finding may be important because "identifying the genes you...

2005-07-22 06:45:00

In 12-year-olds, kids needing more drinks to get drunk faced highest risk The first-ever study of its kind has found that kids as young as 12 can show a genetic-driven trend toward alcoholism. While looking to confirm that genes influence the body's response to alcohol -- how many drinks are needed to get drunk -- scientists found that the 12-year-olds who needed to consume the most drinks to get that desired "buzz" were most likely to already be on the road to problem drinking. "A variety of...

2005-07-21 18:18:00

NEW YORK - Clues looking into the root causes of alcoholism are emerging from new findings that center on the genetic patterns of young drinkers, with particular focus on why adolescents are more likely to drink large quantities of alcohol even if they need more alcohol to get the effects they desire. "The study offers a unique perspective on the beginnings of the alcohol experience and usage patterns of 12-year-olds," explained principal investigator Marc Schuckit, M.D., professor of...

2005-07-14 15:30:00

Although researchers know that alcohol-use behavior and disorders are significantly genetic in nature, identification of the specific genes that contribute to an individual's susceptibility for alcohol dependence has been difficult. Many investigators have begun to examine alcohol dependence in relation to its component parts "“ called phenotypes "“ to better understand the genetic bases of alcohol use and dependence. Proceedings of a symposium on the genetics of alcohol-related...

2005-07-14 15:30:00

The successful treatment of most diseases relies heavily upon an early diagnosis. However, most individuals with alcoholism or alcohol-abuse problems evade detection until severe medical, legal and/or social consequences occur. Symposium speakers at the October 2004 Congress for the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism in Mannheim, Germany discussed emerging approaches to early detection of alcohol abuse and/or dependence. Proceedings are published in the July issue of...

2005-07-04 17:45:00

CHICAGO "” Individuals with problem gambling behavior have personality profiles similar to the profiles of those with alcohol, marijuana and nicotine-associated addictive disorders, according to an article in the July issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. It has been difficult to identify personality traits associated with problem gambling because most previous studies have drawn subjects from those seeking treatment for a gambling disorder, who...

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