Connections Between ADHD and Alcohol and Drug Abuse

A new study sheds light on the ways in which ADHD is connected to drug and alcohol addiction.

Tuesday January 8th - 3:26pm

Findings of a new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggest that while there is a familial association between ADHD and both alcohol dependence and drug dependence, these associations differ.

According to the findings, ADHD and drug dependence appear to be different expressions of a common risk factor, either biological or environmental, supporting the theory of variable expressivity.

Alcohol dependence, on the other hand, was consistently seen only in relatives of those who had both ADHD and alcohol dependence. This suggests independent transmission, or the passing on of these traits directly.

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