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Similarities in drinking behavior of twin's friends: moderation of heritability of alcohol use

By E.A.P. Poelen, R.C.M.E. Engels, R.H.J. Scholte, D.I. Boomsma and G. Willemsen


Previous research has indicated that friends' drinking may influence alcohol use in adolescents and young adults. We explored whether similarities in the drinking behavior of friends of twins influence the genetic architecture of alcohol use in adolescence and young adulthood. Survey data from The Netherlands Twin Register were available for 1,526 twin pairs aged 16-25 years. We categorized the twin pairs as concordant (both report similar alcohol use in their friends) or discordant for the alcohol use of their friends. Genetic moderator models were tested by carrying out multi-group analyzes in Mplus. Findings showed a significant moderation effect. Genetic factors were more and common environment less important in the explanation of variation in alcohol use in twins discordant for alcohol use of friends than in twins concordant for alcohol use of friend

Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1007/s10519-008-9250-z
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