Scientists have found there’s a gene that leads to alcoholism, a trait which runs in certain societies, such as the Irish and Native Americans, more than in others. Now they have found ANOTHER gene that protects against it (as well as a post-New Year’s hangover cure). This gene variant is associated with a person’s response to alcohol. For the 10 to 20% of people who have this gene, those first few drinks leave them feeling more inebriated than the rest of us, who have a different version of the gene, so they stop while other people keep going, and previous studies show that people who react strongly to alcohol are less likely to become alcoholics later in life.
In my last diary, I wrote about our recent journey. While we are not back home yet, that journey has now been completed in a wonderful way, as if the sentence was being dotted with a period at the end.