Genetically determined lightweight
Medical Daily has just posted an article about a certain gene possibly being the reason why some people react strongly to alcohol. This gene is located on chromosome 10 and is called CYP2E1. Researchers say this gene may be the protection for some against alcoholism.
The research and study for this was completed by researchers at the University of North Carolina and Dr. Kirk Wilhelmson, a genetics professor there. The research was compiled by observing over 200 pairs of siblings who were college students and had a parent who was an alcoholic. The participants were given a mixed drink of soda and alcohol and then asked to describe how this made them feel. This showed that the gene variant CYP2E1 determined how strongly the alcohol affected them. Researchers said more work needs to be done before any treatments can be made for alcohol addiction. However, they said later on CYP2E1- like drugs could be administered to help alcoholics.
I found this article very interesting, however I do not agree with it. I believe that your tolerance towards alcohol is affected by your weight, how often you drink, how much you have drank and how quickly you have drank it. I believe much more research needs to be done before it should even be said that a gene controls how quickly you get drunk. However, if this is true I believe it”ll be very helpful for creating treatment for alcoholics.