Thursday, April 28, 2011

Alcoholic Parents May Predispose Kids to Drinking Problem

(HealthDay News) -- Children of parents with an alcohol use disorder (AUD) are at increased risk for the same type of problem, says a new study from Denmark.

The risk of an alcohol use disorder, which includes alcoholism and alcohol abuse, was higher among those whose parents had an AUD. The increased risk was independent of other major predictors, such as gender, parents' social status and the psychiatric hospitalization of parents, the researchers noted.

"Furthermore, this association appeared to be stronger among female than male offspring, which suggests that inherited factors related to AUDs are at least as important among daughters as among sons," study corresponding author Erik Lykke Mortensen, associate professor in medical psychology at the University of Copenhagen, said in a journal news release.

"This finding is important because some early studies suggested that a genetic load played a stronger role in males than in females," he added. Read more...

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