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Alcoholism: How Genes and Sex Impact Drinking

Alcoholism: How Genes and Sex Impact Drinking

Do you drink frequently? Do you ever have trouble controlling your drinking? Have you ever drunk when you didn't really want to, or drunk alone, or drunk more than you planned to? Have you ever thought about the possibility that you might be an alcoholic? Alcoholism is a serious disease that impacts millions of Americans each year. And the important thing to remember is that it is a disease-people who are alcoholics have a harder time controlling their behavior around drinking than the average person. But it might not be as simple as that. New research has found a link between certain human genes and the possibility for alcoholism, and the connection between a person's sex and their drinking. Click here to learn more about the health effects of alcoholism.

Alcoholism: How Genes and Sex Impact DrinkingWomen Handle Alcoholism Differently than Men

A new study done by Boston University has found that the ways in which women's and men's brains react to alcoholism is different. The study primarily focused on recovering alcoholics, and found that women recovered brain white matter more quickly than men, but that men eventually had better white matter recovery rates. In fact, it took almost a year for the men to show any progress in recovering their white matter. However, alcohol seemed to impact women more to begin with, and female alcoholics had less white matter while they were abusing alcohol. Click here to learn more about alcoholism and women.

Genetic Component to Alcoholism?

Is alcoholism a genetic diseases? Thought it's difficult to look at a person's DNA and give anything like a definitive answer, there may be a way that's more practical. Because alcoholism is a complex condition affected by lots of genes, there's no way one gene in isolation would predict someone who can't stop drinking. But taking lots of genes together, then there might be a way. A new study has identified 39 genes that together show a strong correlation with alcoholism. “The discovery of these genes may open a new window into the biological mechanisms underlying this alcoholism disorder,” said the corresponding author of the study.

Real Help for Alcoholism

Do you ever suspect that you might be an alcoholic? Do you have trouble stopping after only a drink or two? Do you think about drinking when you're not drinking? There are lots of warning signs for alcoholism. But the good news is that it is possible to get clean. Call Retreat at Lancaster County to learn more about how our PA rehab center can help you turn your life around in OH, PA, NJ, NY, MD, DE, and CT. Click here to learn more about the alcoholism rehab services we provide.

 

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