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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.

Carson Tahoe Hospital
(775) 885-4460
West Williams Street and
Carson City, NV

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West Williams Street and
Carson City, NV

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Perrine, Josee
(775) 885-7717
2874 N. Carson St. Suite 215
Carson City, NV

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Chabot-Fence, MaryAnn
(775) 720-8090
116 E 7th St #205
Carson City, NV

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Lyon Council on Alcohol and
(775) 246-6214
50 River Street
Dayton, NV

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Behavioral Health Services
(775) 445-7756
1001 North Mountain St Ross Boulevard
Carson City, NV

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Jenkins, William
(775) 885-7717
2874 N Carson Street Suite 215
Carson City, NV

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Carson City Community Counseling Ctr
(775) 882-3945
205 South Pratt Avenue
Carson City, NV

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Behavioral Health Services
(775) 885-4460
1201 Johnson Street
Carson City, NV

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991 South C Street
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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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