Gene Variation Makes Alcoholism Less Likely In Some Survivors Of Sexual Abuse, Washington University School of Medicine Study

Published: Feb 03, 2010

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Washington University -- Exposure to severe stress early in life increases the risk of alcohol and drug addiction. Yet surprisingly, some adults sexually abused as children — and therefore at high risk for alcohol problems — carry gene variants that protect them from heavy drinking and its effects, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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