Father's drinking habits may impact son's genes

June 6, 2014 8:52 AM

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Do you regularly drink to excess? Even before conception, a son's vulnerability for alcohol use disorders could be shaped by a father who chronically drinks to excess, a significant study indicates.

"It is possible for alcohol to modify the dad's otherwise normal genes and influence consumption in his sons, but surprisingly not his daughters," said senior investigator Gregg Homanics, a professor at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the US.

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