Genetic strategies to detect genes involved in alcoholism and alcohol-related traits

Alcohol Res Health. 2002;26(3):172-80.


Researchers are using a variety of sophisticated approaches to identify genes that contribute to the development of alcoholism in humans or influence other alcohol-related traits. These strategies include linkage approaches, which can identify broad chromosomal regions that are likely to contain genes predisposing to the disorder, and association approaches, which test the association between a particular marker allele and a specific outcome. Animal studies using diverse strategies can also help identify genes or DNA regions that influence alcohol-related traits in humans. The results of these analyses are likely to have implications for fields such as genetic counseling, gene therapy, and pharmacogenetics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Alcoholism / genetics*
  • Animals
  • Gene Expression / genetics*
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Genetic Techniques / instrumentation*
  • Genetic Therapy
  • Genotype
  • Humans
  • Phenotype