Assessing Familial Risk for Alcohol Use Disorders
Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs & Mental Health, Chronic Disease Prevention, Global Health, Women, Youth & Children
William Kerr, PhD
Is it possible to identify clinical and historical features of Alcohol Use Disorder that reflect familial risk? Using longitudinal population data from Sweden, PHI’s Alcohol Research Group collaborated with researchers from across the world to assess the effects of alcohol exposure to risk factors in the neighborhood environment, peer context and family system. Within the sample, they found a number of factors which strongly predicted the risk for Alcohol Use Disorder in relatives: age at first registration, number of registrations, recurrence and history of drug abuse.
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