Gene May Determine How Much Coffee You Drink

Love coffee? No, I mean, do you love coffee? If you're a coffee addict, then take heart - it's not your fault: A new research shows that how much you crave caffeine largely depends on your genes.

New research suggests that individuals who carry a so-called "high-consumption" variation of either gene appear to drink more coffee, relative to those who carry a "low-consumption" variant.

"It's really an incredible story," said study co-author Dr. Neil Caporaso, branch chief of genetic epidemiology at the National Cancer Institute. "People don't really suspect it, but genetics plays a big role in a lot of behaviors, such as smoking and alcohol consumption. And now it turns out that it has a part in how much caffeine we drink."


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