Latest Alcohol dependence Stories
FARMINGTON, Conn., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Coinciding with National Recovery Month (September), NAABT, Inc.
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.
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.
The first-ever study of its kind has found that kids as young as 12 can show a genetic-driven trend toward alcoholism.
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.
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.
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.
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.