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Washington University in St. Louis

Gene Variation Makes Alcoholism Less Likely in Some Survivors of Sexual Abuse

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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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