Is there a protective gene against alcoholism?
Neuropeptides are peptides that are found in neural tissue.
Previous research found that a gene variant of the neuropeptide Y (NPY) was linked with higher average alcohol consumption.
A new study has found a higher prevalence of the NPY variant among social drinkers than among alcoholics.
Researchers speculate the NPY variant may retard instead of predispose the transition to alcoholism.
Tampere University Hospital Medical Research Fund, the Finnish Foundation of Alcohol Research, the Y. Jahnsson Foundation, the Elli and Elvi Oksanen Fund, the Pirkanmaa Region Fund of the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Juho Vainio Foundation
Hannu Alho, M.D., Ph.D.
Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research
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