Journal article

Genetic factors in alcohol use-a genetic epidemiological perspective.

JL Hopper

Drug Alcohol Rev | Published : 1994


The purpose of this paper is to put a genetic epidemiological perspective on the role of genetic factors involved in the susceptibility and expression of alcohol use. The consequences of familial aggregation in a trait is explained, and the evidence for familial aggregation in alcoholism is viewed critically. Methods for making inference about unmeasured genetic factors from family-based studies of twins, adoptees, etc. are examined. The meaning and limitations of "heritability" are explained. A summary of the literature regarding the possible role of genetic factors on several aspects of alcohol use, including alcohol metabolism, is presented. Some of the evidence for measured genetic facto..

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