Alcoholism Treatment Center Garden City KS

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.

Area Mental Health Center
(620) 276-7689
1111 East Spruce Street
Garden City, KS

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(620) 271-0005
402 East Fulton Street
Garden City, KS

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Ragan, Margaret P.
(816) 519-0835
7700 Shawnee Mission Pkwy Suite 309
Overland Park, KS

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Stern, Avner
(913) 906-9559
8400 W. 110th Street Suite 230
Overland Park, KS

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Valeo Behavioral Healthcare Inc
(785) 233-1730x255
330 SW Oakley Street
Topeka, KS

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Community Corrections
(620) 272-3650
601 North Main Street
Garden City, KS

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(620) 275-8880
601 North Main Street
Garden City, KS

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Cornerstrone Behavioral Health
(620) 388-1750
400 South Main Street
Pratt, KS

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(316) 650-4475
1915 Scott Street
Wichita, KS

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(913) 642-4300
10500 Barkley 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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