Scientists discover a genetic variant that could help treat alcoholism

Heavy drinking was defined as more than 21 drinks per week for men and more than 14 drinks per week for women. Light drinking was considered to be 14 drinks or less per week for men and seven drinks or less per week for women.

DALLAS, Texas (WWLP) – Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have identified a gene that suppresses the desire to drink alcohol.

The study found a variation in the BETA-KLOTHO gene, which is associated with a reduction in the desire to consume alcohol. The results of the study were published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

More than 120 researchers in the United States and Europe compared the genetics of light and heavy social drinkers of European ancestry. The participants provided genetic samples and answered questions about their drinking habits.

To find out more on the study, go to the UTSouthwestern Medical Center website.

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