Persistence and change in drinking habits: a twin-family study.
Professor Nick Martin (QIMR), Professor Andrew Heath (Department of
Psychiatry, Washington University, St Louis, USA), Dr. J.B. Whitfield
(Biochemistry, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney).
To examine the role of genetic and social factors, and their covariation
and interaction, in the development and natural history of patterns of
alcohol use, and of alcohol abuse and dependence and comorbid
psychopathology, with a particular focus on alcohol problems and alcohol use
Phenotypic data for the above analyses is collected by a semi-structured
interview, administered by telephone (see Procedures).
Male and female twin pairs from a cohort born 1964-1971, where at least one
twin completed a mailed questionnaire on drinking habits and drinking
problems in 1989.