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.

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

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(435) 587-2592 
Monticello, UT

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Lieberman, Katie
(801) 880-9623
1390 South 1100 East Sutie 201
Salt Lake City, UT

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University of Utah
(801) 587-3235
501 Chipeta Way
Salt Lake City, UT

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(435) 738-6325
27 South 100 West Street
Duchesne, UT

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

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(801) 261-9177x2
697 West 4170 South Street
Salt Lake City, UT

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(801) 621-5385
555 E 5300 S #6
Ogden, UT

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(801) 538-2057x228
443 South 600 East
Salt Lake City, UT

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(801) 364-8080
1416 South State 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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