Alcoholism Treatment Center Cheyenne WY

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.

Cheyenne Community Drug Abuse
(307) 635-0256
1920 Thomes Avenue
Cheyenne, WY

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Behavioral Health Services
(307) 633-7370
2600 East 18th Street
Cheyenne, WY

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Peak Wellness Center
(307) 634-9653
2526 Seymour Avenue
Cheyenne, WY

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Cherri Lester, NCC
(307) 778-9011 
Cheyenne, WY

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Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center
(307) 674-7702
1043 Coffen Avenue
Sheridan, WY

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Cheyenne VA Medical Center
(307) 778-7550x7698
2360 East Pershing Boulevard
Cheyenne, WY

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Alternatives Counseling and
(307) 635-5347
2111 Warren Avenue
Cheyenne, WY

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Martin Hardsocg NCC
(307) 637-5808 
Cheyenne, WY

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Big Horn County Counseling
(307) 548-6543
25 West 10th Street
Lovell, WY

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Wyoming Behavioral Institute
(307) 362-8701
79 Winston Drive
Rock Springs, WY

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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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