Is Alcoholism inherited or caused by environment? If inherited is the child of an alcoholic deemed to be an alcoholic also without ever…

Is Alcoholism inherited or caused by environment? If inherited is the child of an alcoholic deemed to be an alcoholic also without ever…

Is Alcoholism inherited or caused by environment? If inherited is the child of an alcoholic deemed to be an alcoholic also without ever…

Is Alcoholism inherited or caused by environment? If inherited is the child of an alcoholic deemed to be an alcoholic also without ever…

The answer is some of both.  A person cannot really be born an alcoholic, although children born to alcoholic mothers sometimes suffer from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, a separate disability.  Someone can be born with a genetic predisposition towards alcoholism, and then in combination with other factors become an alcoholic, but the predisposition itself does not constitute alcoholism either medically or socially.  Consider it a risk factor.One point of argument towards genetic predisposition deals with the Native American experience with alcohol.  Since native tribes in the US have been exposed to alcohol for much less time than their European counterparts, they have had less resistance to its effects and a greater predisposition towards alcoholism.  This is not to say natives are born alcoholics.Children of alcoholics are often advised not to drink just to minimize risk factors, just as those who are predisposed towards cancers or heart disease must also take health precautions.
Is Alcoholism inherited or caused by environment? If inherited is the child of an alcoholic deemed to be an alcoholic also without ever…
Is Alcoholism inherited or caused by environment? If inherited is the child of an alcoholic deemed to be an alcoholic also without ever…
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Is Alcoholism inherited or caused by environment? If inherited is the child of an alcoholic deemed to be an alcoholic also without ever…
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