Blog: Lucy BritnerOl' blue eyes has a new excuse for drinking

Lucy Britner | 6 July 2015

Frank Sinatra liked a drink. He was famous for it.

When asked about his philosophy of life, he told a reporter: "Basically, I'm for anything that gets you through the night - be it prayer, tranquillizers or a bottle of Jack Daniels."

Apparently he was buried with a bottle of Jack, and the Tennessee whiskey brand even launched Sinatra Select to celebrate the link.

All this time, I thought it was the hedonistic lifestyle of a Hollywood high-flyer that gave him legendary status in the booze stakes, but it might just have been those baby blues.

In the latest Daily Mail headline-worthy study about alcohol and us humans, scientists have discovered a link between people with blue eyes and alcohol dependence.

The study, published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics: Neuropsychiatric Genetics (Part B), found that European Americans with light-coloured eyes had a higher incidence of alcohol dependency than those with dark brown eyes, with the strongest tendency among blue-eyed people.

According to a press release, the study outlines the genetic components that determine eye colour and shows that they line up along the same chromosome as the genes related to excessive alcohol use.

Perhaps there will be lots more staring into people's eyes at the next industry event...

And they're brown, in case you're wondering.

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