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Is alcoholism associated with being abused as a child?
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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
In brief: Yes
An alcoholic parent will be more likely to abuse a child than a sober one.
Being abused, as a child, increases the risk for many problems down the road, including anxiety disorders, mood disorders and substance abuse. The cycle of substance abuse and child abuse are often long standing, multi-generational family problems. Such patterns are often difficult to break.

In brief: Yes
An alcoholic parent will be more likely to abuse a child than a sober one.
Being abused, as a child, increases the risk for many problems down the road, including anxiety disorders, mood disorders and substance abuse. The cycle of substance abuse and child abuse are often long standing, multi-generational family problems. Such patterns are often difficult to break.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Dr. Kevin Passer
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In brief: No
Alcoholism is a disease.
While there are many environmental factors that may exacerbate this condition, childhood abuse is no more, or no less, important.

In brief: No
Alcoholism is a disease.
While there are many environmental factors that may exacerbate this condition, childhood abuse is no more, or no less, important.
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
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