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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Alcohol Factor in Descendents with ADD

03/30/2000

Question:

As a follow up on my question on Bendectin, I would like to ask you respond to the second part of that question, i.e., does a history of heavy-drinking grandparents contribute in any way, genetically, to the appearance of ADD in their descendents?

Answer:

There is a strong correlation between a history of alcoholism in the family and ADD. We do not yet understand exactly how it relates, and it is certainly not true for all people with ADD. There is also evidence, in recent studies, that strongly suggests that appropriately treating/medicating children with ADD is correlated with a significantly lower likelihood of alcoholism in their future, but it will take more studies to feel fairly sure of that.

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Response by:

Susan Louisa Montauk, MD
Formerly Professor of Family Medicine
University of Cincinnati