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Mental Health with Dr. Surita Rao

Mental Health with Dr. Surita Rao

Thursday at 6 AM Pacific

August 01st 2013:Genetics of alcoholism : nature and nurture intersect to create a life threatening illness.

Alcohol use disorders have significant genetic underpinnings. Yet, no one inherits an absolute certainty that they will develop alcoholism. in order to develop an addictive illness the brain has to be exposed to addictive substances. A person who has a genetic vulnerability to develop alcoholism has. Far greater chance of developing the disease if they drink regularly or even if they drink at all. Dr. Victor Hesselbrock, an internationally renowned researcher is a guest on this week's show will discuss this fascinating and significant topic with Dr. Rao

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Victor Hesselbrock, Ph.D.

Victor Hesselbrock, Ph.D., holds the Physicians Health Services Professor endowed chair in Addiction Studies and is Vice Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He is currently the Principal Investigator and Scientific Director of the NIAAA funded Alcohol Research Center at the University of Connecticut and is co-PI of the Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism (COGA). He is a past President of the Research Society on Alcoholism, and has served on the National Advisory Council for the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). He is an associate editor for Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, a field editor fo
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