Home genetic test for alcoholism may carry perils

Being told you have a genetic predisposition to alcoholism could make you feel you have less control over your drinking, a new study suggests.

The unique study adds to growing concern about the potential perils of direct-to-consumer genetic tests.

Alcoholism has been linked to a number of genes as well as environmental factors. (Michael Vosburg/The Forum/Associated Press)

Psychologist Ilan Dar-Nimrod from the University of Sydney and colleagues report their findings in the journal Genetics in Medicine.

He says the latest findings show how genetic information has the power to change a person’s emotional state, behaviour and attitudes.

“We have about 1,600 genetic tests available now,” Dar-Nimrod tells the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “We should have better knowledge about how to communicate these results in a manner that doesn’t create harm.”

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