“Really exists”: narcologist Boldyrev spoke about the gene for alcoholism

Psychiatrist and narcologist Dmitry Boldyrev said that the so-called alcoholism genes actually exist. More precisely, we are talking about damage in some chromosomal loci, which are more common in addicted people.

They have no connection to nationality. According to WHO data for 2023, Russia did not make it into the top ten drinking countries. 

The doctor recalled that in Russia they used to drink low-alcohol drinks based on honey (mash, mead). 

“And the tradition of drinking bitters was brought by Peter the Great from the same Europe,” said the doctor.

However, even if there is a genetic predisposition, not everyone becomes an alcoholic. The environment in which a person grows matters. Boldyrev refers to studies that have shown that children removed from drinking parents and transferred to prosperous families do not become alcoholics. 

To identify alcoholism or a predisposition to it, a narcologist can ask three questions.

“Have your loved ones asked you to stop drinking?”
“Have you ever have you ever been ashamed of something you did while intoxicated?”
“Have you ever had a desire to get hungover in the morning?”

If a positive answer is received to all three questions, then with a high probability the person has problems with alcohol. 

Symptoms of alcoholism, when we can talk about stages:

  • lack of control over the amount of drinking, inability to stop;
  • memory lapses;
  • memory lapses;
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  • hangover syndrome;
  • drinking periods;
  • appearance of external signs. This is rapid aging of the skin, bulging veins, bruises formed due to rupture of skin capillaries.

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