] Researchers have identified a genetic factor that may
] predispose young people to harmful drinking habits. A
] team of scientists interviewed college students about
] their alcohol consumption and then analyzed their genetic
] profiles, or genotypes. They found that students who
] shared a particular variant of the serotonin transporter
] gene (5HTT) consumed more alcohol per occasion, more
] often drank expressly to become inebriated, and were more
] likely to engage in binge drinking than students without
] the variant. The study appears in the current issue of
] the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism.
I blame my sophmore year in college on my genes.
Serotonin Transporter Gene Shown to Influence College Drinking Habits