Latest Alcohol tolerance Stories

2011-05-24 09:57:27

The popular, formerly caffeinated, fruity alcoholic beverage, Four Loko, has been blamed for the spike in alcohol-related hospitalizations, especially throughout college campuses. Initially, caffeine was deemed the culprit and the Food and Drug Administration ordered all traces of caffeine to be removed from Four Loko and all other similar beverages. However, according to an upcoming evaluation in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science,...

2011-01-07 11:09:39

A vaccine to combat alcoholism will begin human testing next year, claim Chilean researchers. The genetic therapy is based on aldehyde dehydrogenase, a group of enzymes that metabolize alcohol and are thus responsible for alcohol tolerance, Professor Juan Asenjo told the AFP news agency. Asenjo heads a team of researchers at Chile's Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics and the private lab Recalcine. In October, US researchers announced they had discovered a gene variation known as CYP2EI that...

2010-10-20 09:55:00

Researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine have discovered a gene that they say plays a key role in the metabolic processing of alcohol. The discovery of the gene CYP2E1, which was located by UNC Genetics Professor Kirk Wilhelmsen and his colleagues in the terminal region of chromosome 10, could help protect against alcoholism. Between 10% and 20% of people possess a gene variant that has been linked to a low tolerance to alcoholic beverages. As a result, they...

2009-09-24 11:22:46

Zero alcohol tolerance laws for drivers under age 21 found guilty of drunken driving have zero effect, a U.S. researcher says. Darren Grant of Sam Houston State University analyzed data from 30,000 vehicle fatalities in nighttime accidents involving drivers under age 21. Both in terms of the number of accidents and the blood alcohol of the drivers in those accidents, the research consistently showed that zero tolerance laws had no effect, Grant said in a statement. Other factors matter, but...

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...

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