Treating the Drinking Gene

It’s in the genes. The tendency to drink, that is. It’s common knowledge that alcoholism is  often determined by heredity, and scientists are currently trying to understand the genetic glitch that predisposes some humans to the disease according to the Imperial College of London. By testing mice with a genetic mutation that heightens their preference for drinking alcohol to water, researchers are discovering “real potential for this to guide development of better treatments for alcoholism in the future.” We can raise a glass to that. [Imperial College London]