Family Transmission of Alcohol Use Disorder Risk

Findings from this research will make significant contributions to current understandings of the family transmission of Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) risk, inform theories of the development of AUDs, and help develop targeted prevention programs and therapeutic interventions.

Conservative estimates suggest that 1 in 5 Americans will develop an alcohol use disorder (or AUD, defined as an alcohol abuse or dependence disorder diagnosis) during their lifetime. Despite the importance of AUDs as a public health concern, important gaps in knowledge remain concerning the familial transmission of AUD risk within the general population. To address these gaps, the researchers investigated several important features associated with familial transmission of AUDs with an existing multigenerational data set from the Oregon Adolescent Depression Project (OADP).


3/15/16 - 2/28/19


National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)


Seeley, John R., Farmer, Richard F., Kosty, Derek B., Gau, & Jeff M. (2019). Prevalence, incidence, recovery, and recurrence of alcohol use disorders from childhood to age 30. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 1 January 2019, 194:45-50.

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