After a few drinks, plenty of people turn into that guy. Unless you're Russell Crowe, and then you're basically already that guy. Either way, you can thank genetics for you becoming belligerent, reckless, and overall embarrassing every time you go out drinking. And if you're Russell Crowe, those rugged good looks.
More precisely, the University of Helsinki has discovered a genetic mutation that can lead to exceptionally irrational behavior in certain people after a few alcoholic beverages. People who many would consider lightweights actually had problems with their "serotonin 2B receptor," a genetic mutation that classifies them as carriers of the "HTR2B Q20," or in other words, "The Stupid, Silly Behavioral Gene."
In a recent study, researchers took an in-depth look at carriers of the mutation and their family members compared to a control group. Researchers saw a radical increase in impulsive behaviors in the carriers, wowever, even when sober, carriers of the genetic mutation showed a striking difference in behavior. One of the authors of the study, Dr Roope Tikkanen, told The Independent, “The results also indicate that persons with this mutation are more impulsive by nature even when sober, and they are more likely to struggle with self-control or mood disorders."
So, if you have this mutation, you should take it easy at the next office open bar, or really anytime alcohol is in the mix. But then again, your coworkers probably want to see that impulsive karaoke rendition of "American Girl." The choice is yours.
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