Health Matters: Alcoholism in Families

By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email
By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email

May 4, 2011
Children of parents with an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) are at an increased risk for the same type of problem.
Danish researchers analyzed data from more than 7,000 people born in Copenhagen between 1959 and 1961.
They found the risk of an AUD, which includes alcoholism and alcohol abuse, was higher among those whose parents also had one.
This increased risk was independent of other predictors such as gender, parents social status or the psychiatric hospitalization of a parent.
Furthermore, the team notes the link appeared stronger among female then male offspring.
Earlier studies suggested genetics played a stronger role in males than females when it came to a problem with alcohol.
Findings appear online in the journal "Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research."

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