Everything bad is good for you: It turns out that getting drunk really quickly makes you less likely to become an alcoholic. Sadly, boozehounds, you can't just pound a bunch of drinks; you need special inebriation genes to avoid addiction.

A study out of the University of North Carolina found that people with a gene that makes them get drunk quickly were less likely to become alcoholics. The gene, CYP2E1, is present in an estimated 10 to 20 percent of the population and makes people especially sensitive to alcohol. A person who feels more inebriated than his friends in the early stages of, say, a night on the town will tend to stop drinking earlier than his buddies. In this manner, the drunkard gene "protects against alcoholism," senior study author Kirk Wilhelmsen told the UK's Telegraph. There is now talk of a CYP2E1 pill so the rest of us can also enjoy the miracle of rapid drunkenness. Surely restaurant workers, bartenders, police and booze producers will eagerly welcome such a medical advance.

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