USA (PRWEB) August 29, 2014
An article entitled How Genes, Gender and Environment Influence Substance Abuse, shared by Science Daily (8/18), explains how genes, gender and the environment that an individual is in affect a man and woman’s likelihood of using drugs. Researchers at Indiana University are taking another look at the fact that men and women perceive the world differently, and are applying this factor to what is known about the influences of drug use. This article argues that strong family and community ties can help to reduce a man’s risk for abusing drugs and alcohol, however it seems that this does not reign true for women. It seems men who show signs of a need for emotional support will often benefit from strong ties with their family and community, helping them to shy away from substances commonly abused. However, for women, sometimes the need for relationships can become particularly overwhelming, especially in times of stress, regardless of how close they are with their community or the social relationships that they may have.
The researchers who participated in this article argue that their findings point to the fact that drug usage can be much more complex than many perceive it to be. The reasoning behind one’s addiction not only can vary because of their genes and their environment, including their community and socio-economic status, but it is important to keep in mind that gender is also a factor that needs to be addressed. These considerations are important when assessing an individual’s addiction and the best manner for treatment.
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