Heading out for drinks? Maybe don't invite your blue-eyed friend
Ah, genes. Can't live with them, can't live without 'em.
But at least we can blame them for stuff. Like making us crave booze.
Geneticists from the University of Vermont in the US have found a correlation between eye colour and alcohol dependency, discovering that those with blue eyes were more likely to develop issues with alcohol than their darker-eyed counterparts.
The scientists looked at 1,263 European-Americans for the study, recently published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics, and discovered those with lighter-coloured eyes (blue, green and grey) had higher instances of alcohol dependency.
Their research suggested that those with blue eyes were most likely to become alcoholics.
"This suggests an intriguing possibility – that eye colour can be useful in the clinic for alcohol dependence diagnosis,” doctoral student Arvis Sulovari, who led the study, said in a statement.
Co-author of the study and assistant professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, Dawei Li, added: "We still don’t know the reason," saying that more research on the subject was needed.
Virgin mojito, anyone?