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Scientists Found Gene That Helps Limit Urge to Drink Alcohol

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Alcoholism in SandyA team of researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center revealed that they have found the gene that could potentially help cure alcoholism. In the largest study of its kind, the study identified the gene variant that can suppress the desire to drink alcohol, which could pave way for the development of therapies to treat one of the biggest problems in the United States.

Called beta-Klotho, a variation of this gene was linked to the regulation of social alcohol consumption, the gene interacts with a hormone called liver hormone fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21). They specifically found that those people lacking the gene show an increase in alcohol consumption.

Could This Solve Alcoholism Woes?

Alcoholism is a long-standing problem not only in the United States, but across the globe. In fact, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, approximately 16.3 million adults had an alcohol use disorder in 2014 with nearly 88,000 people dying from alcohol-related causes each year.

Heavy drinking is characterized by consuming more than 21 drinks and more than 14 drinks per week for men and women, respectively. On the other hand, light drinking is described as drinking about 14 drinks or less per week for men and less than seven drinks for women.

Substance Abuse Treatment Centers

Despite the still lacking evidence that this new study would eventually lead to the development of substance abuse drugs, there are now various treatment centers that offer in-house rehabilitation for people suffering from addiction.

Renaissance Ranch Outpatient says Farmington substance abuse treatment is offered to those who wants to have a new life, away from the desire of both the body and mind to drink alcohol. Alcohol may bring temporary pleasure and enjoyment, but addiction could pose serious health problems and complications.

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Aside from its toxic effects to the body, it could also cause brain fog, relationship problems, social isolation and psychological problems.