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Addiction Can Be Inherited Too


Addiction Can Be Inherited Too

(ePharmaNews) – Children of addicted parents, even if brought up in lovely and healthy environments can still wind up as addicted, a new Swedish study said.

This study of 18.000 adopted persons between 1960s and 1993 revealed that the risk of addiction rises significantly in the adopted child if one or both his parents suffer addiction. The results were published in Archives of Medical Psychiatry.

In this study, researchers reviewed the parents' medical records between 1961 and 2009 to uncover any cases of addictions, psychological disturbances or divorce in both the biological and adoptive parents.

The results showed that the risk of addiction further increases if the environment that raised the child was not "healthy" enough, and the risk reaches a peak in bad luck babies whose one of their biological parents is addicted and they were raised by an addiction-predisposing family.

"Drug abuse is an etiologically complex syndrome strongly influenced by a diverse set of genetic risk factors reflecting a specific liability to DA, by a vulnerability to other externalizing disorders, and by a range of environmental factors reflecting marital instability, as well as psychopathology and criminal behavior in the adoptive home. Adverse environmental effects on DA are more pathogenic in individuals with high levels of genetic risk. These results should be interpreted in the context of limitations of the diagnosis of DA from registries." The researchers concluded.

And it is worth mentioning that the effect of genes on human behaviors is the topic of a hot debate between scientists and sociologists, as many genes were implicated in criminal ideations, suicide, addiction and even isolation.


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