Navigation Links
Drinking May Trigger Genetic Marker for Depression
Date:3/7/2009

But it still hasn't been determined whether one disorder causes the other, study notes

FRIDAY, March 6 (HealthDay News) -- Alcohol abuse may increase the risk of depression, instead of the other way around, a New Zealand study suggests.

Previous research has identified a link between alcohol abuse or dependence and major depression. But it hasn't been determined whether one disorder causes the other, or whether a common genetic or environmental factor increases the risk for both conditions.

This new study included 1,055 people born in 1977 who were assessed for alcohol abuse and depression at ages 17 to 18, 20 to 21, and 24 to 25. The number of participants who met criteria for alcohol problems and major depression were: 19.4 percent and 18.2 percent, respectively, at ages 17 to 18; 22.4 percent and 18.2 percent at ages 20 to 21; and 13.6 percent and 13.8 percent at ages 24 to 25.

At all ages, alcohol abuse or dependence was associated with a 1.9 times increased risk of major depression, said David M. Ferguson and colleagues at the Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

"This analysis suggested that the best-fitting model was one in which there was a unidirectional association from alcohol abuse or dependence to major depression but no reverse effect from major depression to alcohol abuse or dependence," they wrote.

"The underlying mechanisms that give rise to such an association are unclear; however, it has been proposed that this link may arise from genetic processes in which the use of alcohol acts to trigger genetic markers that increase the risk of major depression. In addition, further research suggests that alcohol's depressant characteristics may lead to periods of depressed affect among those with alcohol abuse or dependence."

In addition, alcohol abuse may cause social, financial and legal problems that cause stress and increase the risk of depression, said the researchers, who added that further research is required to fully understand the connection between alcohol abuse and depression.

The study was published in the March issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more about depression.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, March 2, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Older adults more impaired by social drinking
2. Levels of Trace Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water Too Low to Impact Human Health According to Water Research Foundation Study
3. How multiple childhood maltreatments lead to greater adolescent binge drinking
4. Owning alcohol-branded merchandise associated with teen drinking behaviors
5. Smoking, Drinking Should Matter in Movie Ratings, Parent Survey Finds
6. Alcohol-Branded Apparel Linked to Adolescent Drinking
7. Drinking wine lowers risk of Barretts esophagus, precursor to nations fastest growing cancer
8. Kaiser Permanente Study Finds Drinking Wine May Lower Risk of Barretts Esophagus, Precursor to Nations Fastest Growing Cancer, Esophageal Cancer
9. Drinking Raises Cancer Risk for Middle-Age Women
10. Gene Variant Tied to Severity of Drinking
11. Coffee Drinking Lowers Womens Stroke Risk
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Drinking May Trigger Genetic Marker for Depression
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... 2016 , ... United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s leading ... its growing list of Partner Firms. S.S. Nesbitt is headquartered in Birmingham, ... and in between. , Harnessing the experience and insights of the agency’s team ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... MI (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... Apifiny® across their network of laboratory service centers across the country. Launched ... to aid clinicians in the detection of prostate cancer. Apifiny order volume exceeded 3,000 ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... For additional ... new book , Pioneering book "Better with Age: The Ultimate Guide to Brain Training" ... can improve memory. The book’s publication date is March 16, 2016. A ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... , ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... Everseat digital self-scheduling readily available to physicians. The integration will enable ... find and select appointments via Everseat’s free mobile app. , The partnership gives ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... , ... February 10, 2016 , ... Workrite Ergonomics this ... versatile series of monitor mounts ever. , “Our goal was to develop a ... to install system that we have ever created.” said Darren Hulsey, Product Manager for ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)...  Resolve Therapeutics, LLC, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical ... treatment of lupus and Sjogrens syndrome, today announced ... study in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) ... --> --> Data from a ... of RSLV-132 in 32 subjects with SLE demonstrate ...
(Date:2/10/2016)...  Rich Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTC Markets: RCHA) ("Rich Pharmaceuticals" ... of its issued and outstanding shares of common stock ... 11, 2016. The Company,s common stock will trade on ... temporary ticker symbol "RCHAD". After 20 trading days, the ... (RCHA).  --> --> ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... , Feb. 10, 2016  The ... Nursing received an in-kind gift from ... a VeinViewer® Vision vein finder for the ... help students as they learn how to ... technology with traditional technique. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: