Scientists discover gene that may lead to boozing

  • Article by: MELISSA BREYER , McClatchy News Service
  • Updated: January 2, 2013 - 3:11 PM

Researchers find a gene that plays a starring role in how alcohol stimulates the brain.

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angelanims1Jan. 2, 13 4:16 PM

I guess it's good that they're doing this research, but studying the drinking patterns of 14yo boys seems, well, strange.

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michaelpatrickJan. 2, 13 6:31 PM

angelanims1: If you read closely, you notice that they studied the the brains and body chemistry of the 14 year-olds and then their drinking behavior at 16. I'm sure they plan to continue studying these people fo years to come in what are known as 'longitudinal studies.' By studying them at 16, they're getting the picture people at the earliest stages, on avg., of what will be their drinking experience in life.

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gemie1Jan. 2, 13 8:01 PM

I believe it! I have not had a drink in over 20 years. Thank you GOD!

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xyzlatJan. 3, 13 5:35 AM

I find the use of the word "boozing" in the headline a bit flippant to describe a behaviour that wrecks lives and kills people.

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swurzerJan. 3, 13 3:06 PM

Well, this research can finally leave to history, the judgmental moralists attitudes that alcoholism is a moral failing, or lack of will-power. The old-agage "Don't judge another til you've walked in their shoes" should be updated to: "Don't judge another til you've walked in their DNA"

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hjlazniJan. 4, 1311:23 AM

swurger "Don't judge another til you've walked in their DNA" True. However, environment can still mitigate this behaviour, one way or another.

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