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Are there genes that make some people more at risk of developing a substance problem?

Sep 18, 2020

A fascinating article has been published in the journal “Addiction Biology” titled “Identifying risk factors involved in the common versus specific liabilities to substance use: A genetically informed approach.”  This study used data from a longitudinal cohort in the UK, which assessed people at the ages of 17, 20 and 22 to see who developed substance issues, and whether there were genetic indicators. The study found that there were several genetically influenced traits and vulnerabilities that may contribute to substance use. These included risk taking, extraversion and schizophrenia risk.

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