Updated: Apr 12, 2022
It is easy to notice that some of us are clearly a better drinker than the others. And that some of us get nausea, headache or redness in skin even with a droplet of alcohol whereas some of us appear unaffected even after a whole bottle of wine.
Did you realize that your Alcohol Sensitivity and Tolerance are actually related to the genes you are born with?? Unlock your genetic susceptibility to alcoholism with our Alcohol Risk Screen test.
When consumed RIGHT, alcohol can have certain psychological, social and even health benefits. For many people it is a source of relieving stress, making friends and bringing a feeling of pleasure.
However, with WRONG drinking habits, alcohol can be a source of various life threatening diseases.
"World Health Organization (WHO) announced that six people every minute die from wrong alcohol consumption"
"Fortune published that ~ 3 million people die from heavy drinking each year"
This is why it is important that you understand your genetic predisposition toward alcohol metabolism
So how exactly are our genes related to our drinking habits and our responses to alcohol?? The key is in alcohol decomposition. As alcohol, which is basically ethanol, enters the body, there are two important enzymes that are essential for breaking down the alcohol into a form that can be eliminated through our urine. If any of these enzymes are dysfunctional, alcohol will accumulate in our body and induce hangover symptoms such as headache, muscle pain or nausea.
These 2 enzymes are ADH18 and ALDH2
- ADH1B is responsible for breaking down Alcohol(Ethanol) into Acetaldehyde.
Mutation in ADH1B gene can make the enzyme dysfunctional, leading to accumulation of ethanol.
- ALDH2 is responsible for breaking down Acetaldehyde into Acetate.
Mutation in ALDH2 gene can make the enzyme dysfunctional, leading to accumulation of acetaldehyde.
Since both Ethanol and Acetaldehyde can induce formation of tumor, mutations in any of the above two genes can slow down the degradation of alcohol and increase the risks of various types of cancer.
With the Alcohol Risk Screen offered by GC Genome, you get to find out which of the below four groups you belong to. You will also be provided with tailored health care recommendations depending on your result.
However, please keep in mind that the rate of alcohol metabolism is not only dependent on your genotype, but also on various other factors such as your age, sex, weight etc.
Download the required documents through the link below!
This test can be performed upon request from a medical doctor.