Genetics and Alcohol
What is Alcoholism?
Alcoholism is a broad term that is used to describe the abuse of alcohol. The presence of alcoholism occurs in many situations. A person with an alcohol addiction will drink in large amounts of alcohol over a long period of time. Acquiring alcohol is necessity, cutting down the amounts of alcohol is difficult, and it is hard to complete daily tasks without the consumption of alcohol. Other negative outcomes that come from alcoholism are the avoidances of responsibilities, social problems, health problems, and not being aware of risky situations due to drunkenness. Being addicted to alcohol can also cause damages to the body. The effects of alcohol specifically target the brain, pancreas, heart, liver, and overall immune system. Alcoholism can leave you with brain damage, liver failure, heart complications, a higher risk of cancer, and failed pregnancies if pregnant. Those who are addicted to alcohol may also abuse it to relieve stress, anxiety, and other life complications.
How Does Alcoholism Occur?
A study conducted by Professor Dorit Ron, Ph.D., revealed that alcoholism may be due to dysfunctional proteins in the brain which falls under genetic malfunctions. The connection was found among an experiment conducted on mice, which concluded that without the proper proteins that the brain needs to function, mice were found to become more addicted to alcohol. The gene that was altered for this experiment was called the Met68BDNF gene variant and without it, alcoholism is more likely to occur. Dr. Ron states that “genetic factor(s) play a role in determining who develops alcoholism.” With further research done on the mice, when genetic variant Met68BDNF was filled, the mice had no signs of consumption or abuse. In confirmation, the NIDA has also found fifty one chromosomal regions that can lead to, and effect, alcoholism. However, just because someone has this genetic defect it does not mean they will suffer from alcohol abuse. It does mean that they do have a higher percentage rate of becoming addicted to alcohol. Also, if alcoholism runs in their family, they are three to four times more likely to become addicted to alcohol.
What Can You Do?
If you, or someone you know, is suffering from alcohol abuse, contact United Drug Rehab Group today. We understand that alcoholism is a disease that affects the mind, body, and soul, and can be difficult to overcome. We have a supportive and compassionate staff that can help you through your addiction recovery program. Further questions and concerns about addiction recovery programs can be taken up by one of our intake coordinators. Your case manager will follow you along your journey to sobriety and make sure that your addiction treatment is specifically tailored to your needs. United Drug Rehab Group can offer you, or that person you know, a variety of pain free services and activities that you can enjoy with many others going through the same experiences. Avoid painful withdrawals by having a happy and healthy recovery with us at United Drug Rehab Center.