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The Effects of Genes and the Environment on Alcohol Use

Researchers reviewed 26 studies to determine the current state of alcohol research on the joint effects of genes and the environment among U.S. racial and ethnic minority populations, particularly African Americans, Latinos/Hispanics, Asians, and American Indians. The review found that these studies predominantly involve African American and Asian samples and have a very limited focus on Latinos/Hispanics and American Indians. Researchers also identified a need for more research regarding community- and society-level influences on drinking.

The study, “Environmental Influences on Alcohol Use: Informing Research on the Joint Effects of Genes and the Environment in Diverse U.S. Populations,” is published in The American Journal on Addictions. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism supported this research effort.

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