Why alcoholics often turn violentJune 2nd, 2009 - 5:06 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 2 (ANI): People always turn aggressive or violent when they are drunk. Now, a new study from Finland sheds light on why this happens.
Researchers have revealed low glycogen level - which means non-oxidative glucose metabolism - might be behind the violent behaviour.
During the study, the researchers measured the glucose metabolism using the insulin clamp / calorimetry method among 49 impulsive, violent, antisocial male offenders during a forensic psychiatric examination.
They believe that hypoglycemic states the new violent crimes happen among these persons in alcohol intoxications when they have very low glycogen stores in the liver.
The low activity of the enzyme glycogen synthesis is the probable reason for the finding.
This might suggest that substances increasing glycogen formation and decreasing the risk of hypoglycemia might be potential treatments for impulsive violent behaviour.
Also regular eating habits while drinking are important in the prevention of new violent crimes. (ANI)
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