The genetics of alcoholism

Curr Opin Genet Dev. 1998 Jun;8(3):282-6. doi: 10.1016/s0959-437x(98)80082-8.


Recently, the first genome-wide searches for genes predisposing to or protecting against the development of alcohol dependence in humans have been carried out. Genetic studies in animal models of alcohol-related behaviors have also identified candidate chromosomal regions and potential candidate genes that can be tested in human populations.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Dehydrogenase / genetics
  • Alcoholism / genetics*
  • Animals
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Genes / genetics
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Genetic Testing
  • Humans


  • Alcohol Dehydrogenase