Blue-eyed drinkers may have greater chance of becoming alcoholic


Do you have blue eyes? Gorgeous and sparkly to gaze into, right? In a new study, researchers have found that people with blue eyes have the highest incidence of alcohol dependency or become an alcoholic.

Genetic researchers at the University of Vermont found that primarily European Americans with light-coloured eyes, which included green, grey and brown in the center, had higher incidence of alcohol dependency than those with dark brown eyes, with the strongest tendency among blue-eyed individuals.

Published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics: Neuropsychiatric Genetics (Part B), the study is the first to make a direct connection between a person’s eye colour and alcoholism.


Journal Reference:

Arvis Sulovari, Henry R. Kranzler, Lindsay A. Farrer, Joel Gelernter, Dawei Li. Eye color: A potential indicator of alcohol dependence risk in European Americans. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 2015; 168 (5): 347 DOI: 10.1002/ajmg.b.32316

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