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A 39-year-old member asked:

If my sister is an alcoholic, is it likely that i will also be an alcoholic?

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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Addiction Medicine 45 years experience
Family disease: Whether or not you drink, you are likely to have been affected by alcoholism in your family. You might consider attending a meeting of al-anon for the families and friends of alcoholics.
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Dr. Kevin Passer
37 years experience
Not necessarly: Although, you might have a greater chance of becoming an alcoholic if close, blood relatives have such a problem. You may need to be careful and try to not consume more than one or two drinks per day. That means no more than 2-four ounce glasses of wine, 2-12 ounce beers or 2 ounces of whiskey or hard liquor per day.
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