Genetic influences in human substance abuse

Roy W. Pickens, Dace S. Svikis

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The importance of clinical studies to genetic research on substance abuse is discussed. This paper compares the advantages and limitations of methods emploted in clinical studies to those emploted in animal studies for improving our understanding of genetic influences in substance abuse. Finally it reviews findings from adoption and twin studies of substance abuse. Whereas much is known about genetic influences in human alcoholism, relatively little is known about genetic influences in other types of drug abuse. This disparity is directly related to the amount of research that has been conducted in the two areas over the past several years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-213
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Addictive Diseases
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Apr 12 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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