Gene In Your Body Explains Why Some People Like To Drink Alcohol

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Gene In Your Body Explains Why Some People Like To Drink Alcohol
Gene In Your Body Explains Why Some People Like To Drink Alcohol

As we all know that there are some people who have the ability to stop drinking as soon as they feel intoxicated, while there are some people who feel they had enough of drinks and they should stop. But the according to the report, you will be surprised to know that there is a gene variant in our body that can stop us from the craving a drink. The gene has been identified by an international research team from Europe and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Gene In Your Body Explains Why Some People Like To Drink Alcohol
Gene In Your Body Explains Why Some People Like To Drink Alcohol

The research team also said that their discovery might also lead to the development of the drug that could control or decrease the consumption of alcohol and the drinking problems of the people. The name of the gene that is identified is Beta-Klotho gene. This research involved 105,000 light and heavy social drinker. Alcoholic were not included while doing this research. All the participants provided genetic samples and answered questionnaires on their weekly drinking habits.

The research was divided as heavy drinkers and light drinking peoples. Heavy drinkers are those who take more than 21 drinks per week for men and 14 drinks per week for women. And light drinking people who take 14 drinks or less for men and 7 drinks per week for women.

During the research, variations identified in the Beta- klotho gene linked to the regulation of social alcohol drinking. The less frequent variant seen in approximately 40 percent of the people during the research is associated with a less desire to take alcohol,” according to the study of co-corresponding author David Mangelsdorf. He is chairman of pharmacology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

The hormone is known to directly affect the central nervous system in mice. Lacking the gene altogether led the mice to be significantly more attracted to alcohol.As we all know that enormous alcohol consumption is a major problem worldwide. And it is also causing more than 3 million of deaths per year said by the study co-corresponding author Steven Kliewer, a professor of molecular biology and pharmacology at UT Southwestern. Much of the research on alcohol consumption has focused on addiction. However, the overall burden of alcohol-associated disease reflects the total amount of alcohol consumed, not just addiction, he said in a university news release.

As we all know that enormous alcohol consumption is a major problem worldwide. And it is also causing more than 3 million of deaths per year said by the study co-corresponding author Steven Kliewer, a professor of molecular biology and pharmacology at UT Southwestern. Much of the research on alcohol consumption has focused on the addiction of the individual. However, the overall burden of alcohol-associated the disease that reflects the total amount of alcohol consumed, not just addiction, he said in a university news release.

When a person shifts from heavy drinking to moderate social drinking that also effects on health benefits. As it reduces the heart disease risk, researchers mentioned. The study of this research has been published online November 28th in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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