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Alcoholism may appear after the first drink, many years of drinking, or after a period of binge drinking. If a person's culture is alcohol free, obviously the genetic influence will not cause alcoholism.

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(248) 543-1090
2710 West 12 Mile Road
Berkley, MI

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Oakland Family Services
(248) 544-4004x218
2351 West 12 Mile Road
Berkley, MI

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(248) 858-7215 
Madison Heights, MI

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Gunnell, Megan Kate
(248) 635-5285
2011 Crooks Road
Royal Oak, MI

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Adams, Luann
(248) 546-0079
628 N Main St
Royal Oak, MI

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Respite Counseling Center
(248) 544-9671
3622 West 11 Mile Road
Berkley, MI

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Smith Counseling Centers
(248) 398-7061
2790 Coolidge Highway
Berkley, MI

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Eastwood Clinics
(248) 288-9333
30701 Woodward Avenue
Royal Oak, MI

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Adair, Nancy
(248) 321-8846
1225 E. 11 Mile Rd.
Royal Oak, MI

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(248) 967-4310
21700 Greenfield Street
Oak Park, MI

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What Causes Alcoholism?

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What Causes Alcoholism?

Philip Sicks

Friday, September 14, 2007 What causes alcoholism? Alcoholism is a disease caused in part by genetics, in part by culture, and in part by personal choice.

Several twin studies have looked at the different alcoholism rate between twins using a group of identical twins and a group of fraternal twins. If alcoholism were only a behavior learned in the home, a set of identical twins should have the same rate of alcoholism as a set of fraternal twins. In fact, if one identical twin is an alcoholic the odds that the other will be also is higher than the odds for fraternal twins. Because identical twins have the same set of genes, and fraternal twins do not, there must be something in the genes themselves that increases the chances of becoming an alcoholic. (Crabbe, J.C., & Harris, R.A., eds. The Genetic Basis of Alcohol and Drug Actions. New York: Plenum Press, 1991.)

Culture also plays a part. Alcoholism may appear after the first drink, many years of drinking, or after a period of binge drinking. If a person's culture is alcohol free, obviously the genetic influence will not cause alcoholism. If the culture only approves of light drinking and occasional drinking, the rate of alcoholism will be lower than a culture that encourages alcohol use. (American Psychologist, 39, 1337-1351, 1984. Reprinted in W.R. Miller (Ed.), Alcoholism: Theory, research, and treatment, Lexington, MA: Gunn, 1985.)

Personal choice also plays a role. Som...

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