TUESDAY, June 22 (HealthDay News) --Teenagers who are raised
with a religious outlook are less likely to abuse alcohol, even if
they are genetically predisposed to do so, new research
Being religious does not, however, appear to prevent such abuse
in early adulthood, the study authors found.
The findings are reported in the September issue of
Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
"Our study showed that genetic factors could influence problem alcohol use more in nonreligious adolescents than adolescents with a greater religious outlook," study co-author Tanya M.M. Button, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado at Boulder, said in a news release from the journal.
In essence that means, added Button, that "religiosity exerted a
strong enough influence over the behavior of religious individuals
to override any genetic predisposition. The same was not true for
young adults, however, for whom the genetic influence was
consistent across levels of religiosity."
The authors' conclusions stem from work with more than 1,400
pairs of male and female twins, both fraternal and identical,
during both adolescence and early adulthood.
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