Link Between Having a `Sweet Tooth' and alcoholism

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Results of a study at the university of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Medical School with laboratory animals may be helpful in the early identification of children at high risk of future alcohol dependency. Conclusions derived from alcohol and saccharin studies with laboratory rats indicate a genetic correlation between sweets intake and alcohol preference. By observing cravings for sweets in the formative years of a child whose family has a history of alcohol abuse, the propensity for excessive drinking patterns may be identified and therefore prevented before the habit develops.

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