Focus On The Family

If you grow up in a family where alcohol is abused, are you more likely to develop an addiction to alcohol yourself? The answer is yes. In studies of both male and female alcoholics, researchers found that between 25 and 50 percent had an alcoholic family member. It is not simply a matter of alcohol being present in the house or regularly witnessing a parent or other family member abusing alcohol. Studies of adopted children born to alcoholic parents have revealed that even if children were adopted by age six weeks into a family in which alcohol was not regularly consumed, those whose natural parents were alcoholic were more likely to become alcoholics. Clearly, a genetic or biological factor contributes to whether or not a person ultimately becomes an alcoholic. This means that you need to be aware that having an alcoholic parent makes you more at risk for developing a problem with alcohol.

Research is ongoing to determine precisely what genetically contributes to the development of alcoholism.

This diagram compares the contributions of genetic (G), common environmental (C), and non-shared environmental (E) factors on the development of alcoholism between parents and children in an intact nuclear family and an adoptive family. Genetic factors seem to be the most important in the development of alcoholism, as children of alcoholics, even if adopted by sober adoptive parents, still have a greater chance of developing alcoholism.

Alcohol No More

Alcohol No More

Do you love a drink from time to time? A lot of us do, often when socializing with acquaintances and loved ones. Drinking may be beneficial or harmful, depending upon your age and health status, and, naturally, how much you drink.

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