Contact: Diane Duke Williams
Washington University in St. Louis
Caption: Exposure to severe stress early in life increases the risk of alcohol and drug addiction. Yet surprisingly, some adults sexually abused as children -- and therefore at high risk for alcohol problems -- carry gene variants that protect them from heavy drinking and its effects, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Credit: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
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