SUMMARY: Alcohol consumption is associated with different variants depending on your specific ethnic group.
DESCRIPTION: Alcohol consumption is a complex trait influenced by both genetic and environmental factors. It is highly correlated with alcohol use disorders such as alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse. Excessive drinking also increases the risk of other health conditions, such as liver problems, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. This study examined individuals from various ethnic populations to determine the genetic variants associated with this condition. They defined variation in alcohol consumption as 2 factors: if the individual was a drinker or not and if they were a drinker, the number of drinks per week. 2 of the variants identified were significant for people of multiple ethnic groups (trans-ethnic), while the other 2 were associated within specific populations.
DID YOU KNOW? More than 7% of Americans over the age of 18 abuse alcohol. That’s 1 in 13 adults! While the numbers vary depending on the source, men who drink less than 4 drinks a day or 14 during a week and women who drink less than 3 drinks a day or 7 during the week are not considered alcohol dependent. [SOURCE]
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ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION-ASSOCIATED VARIANTS: rs7686419, rs4665985
WEEKLY UPDATE: July 23, 2019