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Alcohol Researchers Identify a Genetic Basis of Pain Response

A common genetic variant influences individual responses and adaptation to pain and other stressful stimuli and may underlie vulnerability to many psychiatric and other complex diseases, reports David Goldman, M.D., Chief, Laboratory of Neurogenetics, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and colleagues at NIAAA and the University of Michigan. COMT val158met Genotype Affects m-Opioid Neurotransmitter Responses to a Pain Stressor appears in the February 21 issue of Science.

This just in: More drinks may lead to severe barroom brawls

Drinking does not necessarily lead to barroom brawling, but the amount of alcohol consumed by participants in an aggressive situation can make a difference in how severe or injurious the brawl turns out to be, according to new research.

College Students at Risk During Alcohol-Related Blackouts

A new survey suggests that college students are engaging in significantly risky behaviors during alcohol-related memory "blackouts;" that 40 percent of students had alcohol-related blackouts in the past year; and that female students may be at greater risk during a blackout than their male counterparts.

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