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Is alcoholism a genetic disorder?
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Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Very often yes
Alcoholism does have a very strong genetic component, there is much research to indicate that many alcoholics brains are different than non, even before their first drink, however the degree of genetic influence would very between persons.
The environment or life circumstances however are also part of the disease's expression. It is usually a combo of nature and nurture.

In brief: Very often yes
Alcoholism does have a very strong genetic component, there is much research to indicate that many alcoholics brains are different than non, even before their first drink, however the degree of genetic influence would very between persons.
The environment or life circumstances however are also part of the disease's expression. It is usually a combo of nature and nurture.
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Dr. Jeff Blixt
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Dr. Bob Stewart
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Heredity: 1 parent
Who's alcohol dependent means 34% more risk, 2 parents means 4x more risk, & 2 parents & grandfather means 9x more risk for a male.
Environment: if everyone around you drinks, if drinking is considered respectable or expected, if you have lots of stress or emotional problems, or you self-medicate w/ alcohol, you are more likely to drink excessively. Longer habits become stronger & --> addiction.

In brief: Heredity: 1 parent
Who's alcohol dependent means 34% more risk, 2 parents means 4x more risk, & 2 parents & grandfather means 9x more risk for a male.
Environment: if everyone around you drinks, if drinking is considered respectable or expected, if you have lots of stress or emotional problems, or you self-medicate w/ alcohol, you are more likely to drink excessively. Longer habits become stronger & --> addiction.
Dr. Bob Stewart
Dr. Bob Stewart
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