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Why do some couples have similar drinking habits? It could be genetic

We may unknowingly search out partners with similar alcohol consumption habits

19.11.2019

We may unknowingly search out partners with similar alcohol consumption habits

Researchers say one human genotype is linked to an individual's alcohol habits as well as their partner's, suggesting that people may search for mates with similar consumption habits.

TORONTO – Spouses with similar drinking routines may not have settled into those communal habits as a part of coupledom.

Researchers from the University of Bristol in the U.K. compared the genetics and self-reported alcohol consumption of more than 47,000 couples. They concluded that one genotype – rs1229984 – appears to be linked not only to their own alcohol consumption habits, but also to their partner's.

The idea isn't completely out of left field. Previous research has found that people with certain genotypes governing height and blood pressure tend to couple up more often than would be expected by chance.

Read more: CTV News

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