Navigation Links
Sensitivity to Alcohol May Predict Alcoholism

Young adults who can drink others 'under the table' face highest risk, study finds

TUESDAY, May 26 (HealthDay News) -- The more you need to drink to feel the effects of alcohol, the greater your chance of becoming an alcoholic, a new study says.

This apparent lack of sensitivity to imbibing intoxicants, called a low level of response (LR) to alcohol, can lead a person to drink more heavily to get that buzz or other desired effect. The condition appears to be genetic and independent of other influences on alcohol usage, such as the age a person started drinking, family history of alcohol abuse, and body mass index, according to the researchers.

The long-term study of nearly 300 men gauged their reaction to alcohol between ages 18 and 25, then again 10 years later and in five-year intervals afterward. Having a low level of response to alcohol at the start accurately predicted drinking disorders in the men's future, regardless of other factors.

"A low LR at age 20 was not just a reflection of being a heavier drinker at age 20 when we tested these men, and it wasn't an artifact of an earlier onset of drinking," the study's corresponding author, Marc A. Schuckit, director of the Alcohol Research Center for the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, said in a news release from Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, the journal publishing the findings. "We showed that a low LR at 20 predicts later heavy drinking and alcoholism, even if you control for all these other predictors of alcohol problems at age 20."

Determining someone's response level to alcohol in early adulthood, then, could help that person make life changes that might prevent the development of a drinking problem later in life, Schuckit said.

But he also noted that having a high, or more immediate, reaction to alcohol would not guarantee that a person wouldn't develop a drinking problem, because many other factors can contribute to alcoholism.

The study appears online and will be in the September print issue of the journal.

Given the findings, and because alcoholism tends to be genetically influenced, Schuckit said, alcoholics should talk with their children.

"You need to tell your kids they are at a fourfold increased risk for alcoholism," he said. "If your kid does drink, find out if they can 'drink others under the table,' and warn them that that is a major indication they have the risk themselves."

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has more about alcohol abuse.

-- Kevin McKeever

SOURCE: Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, news release, May 22, 2009

Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. SCAN Health Plan Provides Senior Sensitivity Training to City of Los Angeles Department of Aging and Network Service Providers
2. Molecular Breast Imaging Has Greater Sensitivity Over Mammography, Ultrasound and MRI for Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
3. Depression Heightens Sensitivity to Pain
4. Low-Birth-Weight Babies at Risk for Salt Sensitivity
5. New target to enhance anti-cancer drug sensitivity found in translation
6. Eleven Going on 70: SCAN Health Plan Helps Fifth Graders Understand Aging Through First-Ever Senior Sensitivity Training for Kids
7. Monogram Biosciences Announces Immediate Availability of Enhanced Sensitivity Trofile(TM) HIV Tropism Assay
8. Study shows that administering calcium and magnesium effectively reduces neurological sensitivity
9. Skin Pain, Sensitivity Rises With Migraine
10. Karmanos Researchers Report Enhanced Chemosensitivity of Pancreatic Cancer Cells by Black Seed Component
11. Routinely used diagnostic approaches: only limited diagnostic sensitivity for bile duct cancer?
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Sensitivity to Alcohol May Predict Alcoholism
(Date:11/30/2015)... , ... November 30, 2015 , ... GKhair & Tibolli ... the San Juan Beauty Show held on November 8th and 9th at the Puerto ... media personalities, hair artists, renowned beauticians and top of the line fashion journalists. The ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... provider of enterprise Time and Attendance/Workforce Management cloud-based solutions, announced today that ... Program with competencies in the Application Development, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , ... November 30, 2015 ... ... Inc. are pleased to announce their strategic partnership at the Radiological Society ... Transcription Service, Inc., and Winscribe, global providers of cutting-edge dictation and speech-enabled ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... product dealer. Joining more than 30 HealthPostures’ dealers located throughout the United States, ... increase the number of corporate, industrial, manufacturing and government workers and organizational leaders ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... patented products, announces the Unstoppable Swappables, a household invention that provides an economical ... $2 billion a year and is growing at 2.6%," says Scott Cooper, CEO ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/27/2015)... DUBLIN , Nov. 27, 2015 Research ... of the "Global Intrauterine Devices Market 2015-2019" ... --> In this report, the author ... intrauterine devices market for 2015-2019. To calculate the market ... of following type of products: Hormonal IUDs and copper ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... UTRECHT , Países Bajos, November 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... con la terapia fotodinámica de Bremachlorin para el cáncer ... combina la inmunoterapia con la terapia fotodinámica de Bremachlorin ... Un nuevo enfoque combina la inmunoterapia con la ...   Clinical Cancer Research . --> ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... November 26, 2015 ... nieuwe aanpak combineert immunotherapie met Bremachlorin-photodynamische therapie ... ) --> ... (Photo: ) ... Medisch Centrum (LUMC) blijkt ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: