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Alcoholism and Schizphrenia: Is there a Genetic Link?

People affected by alcoholism have statistically increased chances of developing the severe mental illness schizophrenia. Conversely, people affected by schizophrenia have statistically increased chances of developing diagnosable symptoms of alcoholism. Current scientific evidence has linked alcoholism to schizophrenia through variations in a single human gene, known as rs6265. In a study published in September/October 2014 in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, a group of Australian researchers assessed the influence of this gene. The researchers concluded that this gene and a second neighboring gene have a unique ability to increase the alcoholism risks of people affected by schizophrenia. Continue reading