Sweet tooth, a marker for alcoholism

Preston Peet ptpeet at nyc.rr.com
Sat Nov 15 10:38:04 EST 2003


Sweet tooth, a marker for alcoholism

ANI[ FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2003 06:24:19 PM ]

WASHINGTON: A liking for sweets precedes alcoholism and may in fact serve as
a "marker" for the genetic risk for developing alcoholism.

This is the conclusion of a U.S. study published in the November issue of
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

"Previous research has established that in mammals, such as mice, rats and
monkeys, the preference for and consumption of sweet fluids are strongly
correlated with voluntary alcohol intake," said the study's first author
Alexei B. Kampov-Polevoy, assistant professor of psychiatry at Mt. Sinai
School of Medicine.

"It is thus possible to measure the amount of sweet solution that an animal
drinks per day and accurately predict how much alcohol it will drink if
given a chance," he added.


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