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[Irish Independent] , von Radowitz, John Addiction gene linked to binge-drinking. (04 Dec 2012)

URL: http://www.independent.ie/health/health-news/addic...

A newly discovered addiction gene could be fuelling teenage binge-drinking, research suggests.

The mutant version of the RASGRF2 gene makes the brain more sensitive to habit-forming rewards such as alcohol, studies have shown.

In both mice and young teenage boys it was closely linked to alcohol-seeking behaviour.

A group of 16-year-olds with the genetic variant drank alcohol more frequently than boys who did not possess it.


Item Type:News
Source:Irish Independent
Date:4 December 2012
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Subjects:A Drugs and alcohol use, abuse, and dependence > Drugs and alcohol related societal (social) problems > Underage drinking
VA Geographic area > International aspects
B Drugs and alcohol substances > Alcohol
A Drugs and alcohol use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence of drugs and alcohol use > Drugs and alcohol use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
A Drugs and alcohol use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence of drugs and alcohol use > Drugs and alcohol use behaviour > Alcohol consumption > Binge drinking

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