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Do your genes affect how fast you get drunk?

October 20, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Do your genes play a part in how quickly you get drunk? Researchers say yes.Experts at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill have identified a gene that makes the brain especially sensitive to alcohol.

The study shows 10 to 20 percent of the population carries a version of the gene.

Researchers say the gene carries a blueprint for an enzyme known to be involved in metabolizing ethanol alcohol, as well as other molecules like the pain reliever acetaminophen.