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What are the causes of alcoholism?

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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: Alcoholism

It's an incredibly complex combination of genetic and environmental factors that are poorly understood.
Alcoholism can run quite strongly, suggesting a genetic component, but also, the environment plays heavily into the clinical picture, i.e., how much one is around alcohol. Proponents of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that alcoholism is a spiritual problem, or one of characterological defect.

In brief: Alcoholism

It's an incredibly complex combination of genetic and environmental factors that are poorly understood.
Alcoholism can run quite strongly, suggesting a genetic component, but also, the environment plays heavily into the clinical picture, i.e., how much one is around alcohol. Proponents of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that alcoholism is a spiritual problem, or one of characterological defect.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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