Drinking too much in the genes?

By Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The Academy

If you drink too much, you can blame it on the alcohol, your genes, and the company you keep.  A new study finds that drinkers with a specific genetic make-up are far more likely to drink heavily when they’re around others who drink.  The study looked at different versions of a receptor for the neurotransmitter “dopamine” that controls feelings of pleasure and the craving for alcohol.  Those who had a specific dopamine receptor were more influenced by those drinking around them.  This information could potentially help those with this specific genetic profile…hence encouraging them to avoid social drinking situations.


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