Genetic and Environmental Factors Leading to Alcoholism #138
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Genetic and Environmental Factors Leading to Alcoholism #138

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Other environmental factors that can influence the expression of alcoholism genes include: Early drinking age: People who drink in adolescence are more likely to develop alcohol use disorder; those who avoid alcohol until legal drinking age are less likely to struggle with alcoholism. Abstract. Alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence, as defined in the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-III; American Psychiatric Association, ) is a common disorder when compared to the major psychoses. The lifetime prevalence in the United States of the former disorders, traditionally grouped under the rubric “alcoholism Cited by: Many large-scale alcohol-dependence gene identification projects have used genetic linkage mapping; the largest of these is the Collaborative Study of the Genetics of Alcoholism (COGA). COGA is a family-based study that has collected detailed phenotypic data on individuals in families with multiple alcoholic by: There are three major reasons why establishing a link between alcoholism and genetics would be useful: if there is an ‘alcoholism gene’ then it is possible to identify those at risk and to act. Warn them; give advice, counseling, therapy etc. it would help us to understand the environmental factors better.

  Alcoholism has a substantial heritability yet the detection of specific genetic influences has largely proved elusive. The strongest findings are with genes encoding alcohol metabolizing enzymes. A few candidate genes such as GABRA2 have shown robust associations with alcoholism. Moreover, it has become apparent that variants in stress-related genes such Cited by: Environmental factors can modify the expression of genetic risk, making it impossible to conclude that genetic variation causes a specific tobacco use behavior. Rather, genetic predisposition likely interacts in complex ways with a number of environmental factors across the large social and physical environments and among small social groups. The genetic theory of addiction, known as addictive inheritance, attempts to separate the genetic and environmental factors of addictive behavior. Studies have been done to control for environmental components to determine if genetics plays a greater role. There are also behavioral genes passed down that could influence a propensity for alcoholism. Mental illnesses, such as depression and schizophrenia, are more common in people with a family history of these disorders. People with mental illness have a higher risk of turning to substance abuse as a way of coping.

Both genetic and environmental variables contribute to the initiation of use of addictive agents and to the transition from use to addiction. Addictions are moderately to highly heritable. Family, adoption, and twin studies reveal that an individual’s risk tends to be proportional to the degree of genetic relationship to an addicted by:   Alcohol dependence is a severe and common disorder associated with high morbidity and mortality rates. Genetic as well as environmental factors are known to modulate susceptibility to alcohol dependence. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that this interaction between the genome and the environment is mediated by epigenetic mechanisms, . A variety of factors contribute to drug use and other problem outcomes, both individual and environmental. While drug prevention and treatment have traditionally focused on changing individual behaviours, such efforts can have only limited impact when changes are not made to the environment, that is, to the social determinants of drug by: The factors contributing to the risk of developing AUD vary among individuals and include both environmental and genetic influences, as well as interactions between the two (Dick and Agrawal,