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Alcoholism link found between parents and offspring

alcohol damages both the individual and wider society

Offspring of parents who have suffered from an alcohol use disorder (AUD) are more likely to struggle with similar problems themselves.


This is according to research due to be published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.


The report looked at a large population-based sample of Danish parents, which Erik Lykke Mortenson, association professor in medical psychology at the University of Copenhagen and corresponding author of the study, explained is a rare section to study.


He explained:"Longitudinal population studies are both expensive and take a long time to complete.


"In some countries it may also be a problem to follow several generations through decades. But in Denmark we have personal identification numbers and national health registries."


The team was able to collate data from over 7,000 individuals relating to people born in Copenhagen between October 1959 and December 1961.


Following the results, it was confirmed that parental AUDs are associated with an increased risk of AUDs among their offspring.


This is regardless of any other significant predictors such as gender, parental social status and parental psychiatric hospitalisation with other diagnoses.

Private alcohol treatment news: 21 April 2011