Alcoholism Treatment Center Cedar City UT

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.

Horizon House
(435) 586-2515
54 North 200 East
Cedar City, UT

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(801) 621-5385 
Ogden, UT

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(801) 541-5443
925 East 900 South Suite 27
Salt Lake City, UT

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(801) 222-0603
224 North Orem Boulevard
Orem, UT

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Evans-Cazier, Anne
(801) 419-3312
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Salt Lake City, UT

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(435) 867-5555
97 West 400 South
Cedar City, UT

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Horenkamp, Gary
(801) 389-2360
581 Douglas St
Ogden, UT

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Williams, David
(801) 836-8679
313 E 1200 South Ste 101
Orem, UT

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(801) 399-1496 
Farmington, UT

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(801) 394-4910
949 East 22nd Street P.O. Box 1797
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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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