A vicious circle Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to lasting genetic changes that lead to greater substance dependence, a study conducted by American Rutgers University (New Jersey) and published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
"We have discovered that people who drink a lot can change their DNA in a way that makes them even more alcoholic," says Professor Dipak K. Sarkar, author of the study, and Rutgers University, director of the Endocrine Program in Animal Sciences. MedicalXpress Portal.
"It can help explain why alcoholism is such a strong addiction, and it could help create new ways to treat it, or help prevent people at risk from being addicted," he explains.
The conclusions of the Rutgers University Team can help researchers identify biomarkers (measurable indicators such as proteins or modified genes) that can be used to predict future dependency risks.