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Peter Boyle, Paolo Boffetta, Albert B. Lowenfels, Harry Burns, Otis Brawley, Witold Zatonski, and Jürgen Rehm

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199655786

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655786.001.0001

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Implications of the genetics of alcoholism and addictions for public policy

Implications of the genetics of alcoholism and addictions for public policy

(p.71) Chapter 9 Implications of the genetics of alcoholism and addictions for public policy

David Goldman

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the implications of the genetics of alcoholism for public policy, drawing from reviews as well as original sources. The discussion covers the genetic epidemiology of alcoholism and alcoholism as a moderately to highly heritable addiction. The genetics of alcoholism is a highly active research domain with numerous discoveries that are potentially far-reaching but futuristic in their implications, such as genes that alter alcohol-associated behaviours of Drosophila melanogaster. These studies represent an ongoing and intensifying pursuit of the origins of alcoholism, but generally do not critically inform present-day policy discussion.

Keywords:   alcohol addiction, alcohol abuse, alcohol consumption, genetic influence, genetic epidemiology

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