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Alcohol Dependence GWAS in European- and African Americans

This study includes SSADDA (Semi Structured Assessment for Drug Dependence and Alcoholism) assessed subjects (mostly unrelated, but including some affected sibling pairs) recruited in the course of several substance dependence genetics projects. The sample includes 1889 African-American (AA) subjects and 1020 European-American (EA) subjects. Among the AAs, 1397 meet DSM-IV criteria for alcohol dependence and 491 are controls. Among the EAs, 1010 meet the criteria for alcohol dependence and 9 are controls. (One in each population meets criteria for alcohol abuse and not dependence, and is therefore counted in neither category.) Although alcohol dependence is the major focus, the sample is informative also for cocaine, nicotine, and opioid dependence.