Tolerance for alcohol associated with family history

People with a family history of alcoholism may develop a tolerance that causes them to drink more in order to feel the same effects, according to a recent study.

In a laboratory experiment, research participants who had a family history of alcoholism reported greater feelings of intoxication after exposure to alcohol than participants who did not have a family history of alcoholism. But those with a family history of the disease quickly adapted to the alcohol: Their perceptions of intoxication became no different from those of the other participants.

The study's lead author, Sandra L. Morzorati, Ph.D., of the Indiana University School of Medicine, reports in the August issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research that the findings "suggest that the development of tolerance may maintain or increase drinking in people with a family history of alcoholism; i.e., they imbibe more to maintain the same effects."

Morzorati noted that previous efforts to compare the responses to alcohol among subjects with different family histories have yielded inconsistent results, which may result from individual variations in the brain's exposure to alcohol over time as well as differences in the way subjects absorb and eliminate alcohol. This study differs from earlier research because it used a method called the breath alcohol level clamp to keep subjects' breath alcohol levels constant throughout the experiment.

The study looked at 58 people with a family history of the disease and 58 who had no known family history, all of whom were social drinkers between ages 21 and 39. The groups were evenly divided by gender and had comparable demographic characteristics and alcohol consumption rates. Each participant was tested twice -- once with alcohol, once with placebo -- at least a week apart. In the alcohol session, participants received an intravenous infusion of alcohol. In the placebo session, they received an intravenous infusion without al

Contact: Joe Stuteville
Center for the Advancement of Health

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Teen Line Panel Of Six High School Students To Address The Issue Of Teens And Tolerance
2. Answers To Access, Adherence And Tolerance Of Protease Inhibitors
3. College alcohol problems exceed previous estimates
4. Genes for alcohol consumption identified
5. College students at no greater risk of alcohol-related problems than peers
6. UCLA study shows that people drink less alcohol as they age
7. Women should be advised not to drink alcohol in pregnancy
8. Medication helps alcoholics control drinking
9. Study associates alcohol use patterns with Body Mass Index
10. UCLA brain scientists crack mystery of how alcohol causes intoxication
11. Drinking alcohol increases risk for cancer

Post Your Comments:

(Date:3/20/2019)... ... March 20, 2019 , ... It’s not Easter without the Easter Bunny, so ... season. From April 6 through April 20, the Easter Bunny will greet visitors at ... Bunny Hut brings so much joy to Grossmont Center,” says Trevor Moore, the Center’s ...
(Date:3/20/2019)... ... 2019 , ... In the early-morning hours of March 9th, before helping dozens ... had a very special project that benefited children. The employees at one of ... Southern Nevada. , Chapel of the Flowers had 24 employees, along with ...
(Date:3/20/2019)... ... March 20, 2019 , ... TSI Healthcare, ... Management (PM) and Electronic Health Record (EHR) solutions, received multiple top awards in ... marks the fifth consecutive year TSI Healthcare has been honored by this selective ...
(Date:3/20/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... March 20, 2019 , ... ... because the real healer is within. , George ... Wholistic Healing for the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP): A Mini-Encyclopedia of Ways to ...
(Date:3/20/2019)... ... March 20, 2019 , ... Vera Whole Health , ... paper that examines how on-site clinics keep employees healthy and drive down the total ... employers understand the benefits of adopting on-site clinics. , The Vera white paper ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2019)... ... ... seeing the reason I come to work each day.” , That’s the reaction from a ... Day with Law Enforcement. , The series features two kids, Jayden and Giselle, who ... officers. The moving videos show the interaction that broke down preconceived notions, and allowed the ...
(Date:3/23/2019)... ... March 22, 2019 , ... Bringing Military Disability Made ... more than 200K unique visitors each month, almost all of which are transitioning military ... right resource at the exact moment they need it remains one of the biggest ...
(Date:3/20/2019)... , ... March 20, 2019 , ... Aeroflow Healthcare, an ... diaper drive from April 22-26, during national Every Kid Healthy™ Week, to benefit Diaper ... off donations of diapers at Aeroflow’s headquarters at 3165 Sweeten Creek Road in Asheville, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: