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.