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What are the chances of my child becoming an alcoholic if I am?

What are the chances of my child becoming an alcoholic if I am?

See below: Higher than if you were not. There is a genetic component that may account about 50%. Also if you are active in your disease currently, he learns from you, your emotional status, how you regulate your feelings, etc. These are areas active alcoholics seriously lack. However recovering alcoholics that learn a new way of life such as in aa, remarkable transformations can take place! there is hope! ...Read more

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What are the chances of my child becoming an alcoholic if I am an alcoholic?

Higher...: ...Than in the general population, and higher still if the child grows up in a household centered on alcohol. ...Read more

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What trauma could cause symptoms of acoa (adult child of an alcoholic)?

What trauma could cause symptoms of acoa (adult child of an alcoholic)?

Alcoholism: The trauma is mainly psychological in growing up in a family where one or both parents has alcohol addiction. Such children develop coping mechanism included in the 12 steps and traditions in the association's chartered ...Read more

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I like one glass of wine with dinner. Am I an alcoholic and/or risking my child's health?

I like one glass of wine with dinner. Am I an alcoholic and/or risking my child's health?

Pregnant?: If that glass is 5 ounces, which defines one drink of wine, then unlikely and probably has some modest health benefits. Now if your are referring to your unborn child, then yes you may be risking your childs health and should not drink period. ...Read more

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What is the medical term for the mental problems of codependency/adult child of alcoholic/para-alcoholic?

What is the medical term for the mental problems of codependency/adult child of alcoholic/para-alcoholic?

There isn't one: Since each person may experience a situation differently, many outcomes are possible. If pathology is there, it might be diagnosed differently. "codependent" is a common term, but it isn't a medical one. Depression and anxiety are frequent in people with such backgrounds. Sometimes they can also end up with compulsive personality features. Many other possibilities also. ...Read more

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What can you do to prevent a careless alcoholic with HIV from putting his child at risk?

What can you do to prevent a careless alcoholic with HIV from putting his child at risk?

Monitor child well: Any child who is exposed to an alcoholic parent is at risk of injury if in the car when an intoxicated person is driving, or if the caretaker is too intoxicated to monitor the child's safety. The risk of acquiring HIV from a household contact is low unless there is contact with blood or seminal fluid. Protective services should be contacted if there any concern for abuse or neglect. ...Read more

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Ex's dad was alcoholic. Will my son have a chance of it even if they never met?

Ex's dad was alcoholic. Will my son have a chance of it even if they never met?

Chance, not destiny: Alcoholism has many complex causes. Genetics certainly isn't destiny. If you son's grandfather was alcoholic, your son may have some increased chance of it. There is no specific test for this, just a risk factor. When he is old enough, it is appropriate to tell him that this problem may run in his family, same as any other medical history on either side of family (heart dz, cancer, diabetes, etc). ...Read more