-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Oct. 6 (HealthDay News) -- People whose parents had a
drinking problem are more likely to reach for the bottle when
they're under stress, a new study says.
Swedish researchers divided 58 healthy people into two groups
based on whether they had a family history of alcohol abuse. Both
groups were placed in a stressful situation (solving math problems
under timed conditions in public) and then allowed to drink.
People who had at least one parent with a drinking problem drank
more than others after being put under stress, University of
Gothenburg researchers found.
The study was published in the October issue of the journal
Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior.
Previous research has shown that children of alcoholics have a
50 percent increased risk of developing a drinking problem. These
new findings shed light on this association, the researchers
"If alcohol relaxes you when you're stressed, then you should try to find other ways of calming yourself down -- relaxation exercises, for example," study author Anna Soderpalm Gordh said in a university news release.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more
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