Connection Between Genetics and Alcohol Tolerance Found

While science still hasn’t decided whether or not alcoholism is genetic, they have found a gene that may answer why some people have a higher tolerance. From BBC News:

Experts say they have found a “tipsy” gene that explains why some people feel alcohol’s effects quicker than others.

The US researchers believe 10% to 20% of people have a version of the gene that may offer some protection against alcoholism.

That is because people who react strongly to alcohol are less likely to become addicted, studies show.

The University of North Carolina said the study aims to help fight addiction, not pave the way for a cheap night out.

Ultimately, people could be given CYP2E1-like drugs to make them more sensitive to alcohol – not to get them drunk more quickly, but to put them off drinking to inebriation, the Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research journal reported.

Continues at BBC News

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  • DeepCough

    It’s safe to say that the Irish have known this for centuries. Ironically enough, though, because they keep drinking, they keep forgetting.

  • DeepCough

    It’s safe to say that the Irish have known this for centuries. Ironically enough, though, because they keep drinking, they keep forgetting.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Informal poll here: “How many people here think this story is just another study attempting to prove a reductivist connection between genetics and gullibility?”

    “Aye!”

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Informal poll here: “How many people here think this story is just another study attempting to prove a reductivist connection between genetics and gullibility?”

    “Aye!”

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Being Irish/German/Swedish and ever so slightly Native American…I love alcohol…and about 1/4 of the time it fails to love me back.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Being Irish/German/Swedish and ever so slightly Native American…I love alcohol…and about 1/4 of the time it fails to love me back.

  • Anonymous

    Some people never become physically addicted to alcohol no matter how much they drink. I used to drink to excess 4-5 times a week or more for over 20 yrs. Then I just stopped, mainly because I just got tired of the whole thing (hangovers, the expense, tired of all mindless drunk-speak, not remembering what (or who) I did the night before, etc.)
    My dad was a full blown physically addicted alcoholic. He got DT’s when he didn’t drink. He HAD to drink to be “normal”. I have read that there is a specific genetic predisposition for this type of alcoholism.
    I’m not sure how I avoided it, but I’m glad I did.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Some people never become physically addicted to alcohol no matter how much they drink. I used to drink to excess 4-5 times a week or more for over 20 yrs. Then I just stopped, mainly because I just got tired of the whole thing (hangovers, the expense, tired of all mindless drunk-speak, not remembering what (or who) I did the night before, etc.)
    My dad was a full blown physically addicted alcoholic. He got DT’s when he didn’t drink. He HAD to drink to be “normal”. I have read that there is a specific genetic predisposition for this type of alcoholism.
    I’m not sure how I avoided it, but I’m glad I did.