Don’t blame beer if you are angry
Researchers at the Helsinki University Central Hospital have found individuals born with a highly active version of the MAOA gene have a higher risk of impulse violence when drinking alcohol. The MAOA gene produces an enzyme that breaks down chemicals in the brain which are associated with mood. Too much of the enzyme mixed with alcohol creates a mean drunk.
The effect diminishes with age which is why you don’t see too many violent old drunks. Older drunks just yell at imaginary kids on the lawn.
The researches discovered “the bad gene/angry drunk” connection by studying 174 Finish alcoholic male offenders with a history of violence. The research will appear in the March issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
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I live in Denver, Colorado. This blog is everything about beer, wine, cider, mead and other spirits.
I am a avid homebrewer and winemaker. I’ve been making my own beer and wine for many years. I started making beer when I was in college (mostly because the drinking age in the United States is 21). My first few beers were horrible. The beers are much better now, and I often supply my neighborhood with free beer! It is a great hobby!