Twin and Adoption Studies

How Good Is the Evidence for a Genetic Role?
  • Robin M. Murray
  • Christine A. Clifford
  • Hugh M. D. Gurling
Part of the Recent Developments in Alcoholism book series (RDIA, volume 1)


Research into the possibility that heredity may influence drinking habits is still in its infancy, and the conclusions that can be reached from a number of the available twin and adoption studies are limited by their methodological deficiencies. Nevertheless, the balance of evidence suggests a modest genetic effect on both normal drinking and alcoholism in men, though similar evidence for women is so far lacking. Further studies are required to assess the significance of the genetic contribution, to elucidate exactly what is inherited, and to examine the nature of gene-environment interactions.


Twin Study Biological Parent Genetic Contribution Drinking Habit Alcoholic Parent 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robin M. Murray
    • 1
  • Christine A. Clifford
    • 1
  • Hugh M. D. Gurling
    • 1
  1. 1.Genetics Section, Institute of PsychiatryUniversity of LondonLondonEngland

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