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A research of the UGR shows the genetic predisposition to develop alcohol abuse
Date:12/18/2007

wer beta-endorphin levels than other children of the same age. These levels were even lower in children whose both parents were alcohol abusers, the researcher states.

According to researcher, although alcohol consumption does not affect all people in the same way, differences in endorphin levels make some subjects more vulnerable to alcohol. Therefore, they are more likely to become alcohol dependent.

Beta-endorphins constitute a useful biological marker to identify specifically those subjects who have a higher risk of developing alcohol abuse, the research claims.

Regarding the results of this study, professor Rico states the following: alcohol-abuse prevention must consist of locating and identifying genetically predisposed subjects. More campaigns for children and teenagers should be launched before these young people make contact with alcohol. Alcohol awareness is fundamental to prevent addiction, the researcher affirms, because alcohol is a drug with reversible effects up to a point.

In relation to the botelln culture (Botelln is a Spanish custom in which young people congregate in a park, street or any open public place to share alcoholic drinks and converse before entering bars, nightclubs, discos, etc.), Jos Rico states that some of these social drinkers could have low beta-endorphin levels and, therefore, a higher predisposition to become solitary drinkers and to develop alcohol abuse.


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Contact: Php. Jos Rico Irles
jrico@ugr.es
34-958-244-054
Universidad de Granada
Source:Eurekalert

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