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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.

Personal Frontiers Inc
(307) 686-1189
310 South Miller Avenue
Gillette, WY

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(307) 686-0669
706 East Longmonth Street
Gillette, WY

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Behavioral Health Services Outpatient
(307) 688-5000
501 South Burma Avenue
Gillette, WY

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Wyoming SA Trt and Recovery Centers
(307) 673-4523
1898 Fort Road
Sheridan, WY

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

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Gillette VA Outpatient Clinic
(307) 685-0676
1701 Phillip Circle
Gillette, WY

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Transitions Family Counseling and
(307) 682-8617
801 East 4th Street
Gillette, WY

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Leonard B Smith, NCC
(307) 382-1656 
Rock Springs, WY

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Peak Wellness Center
(307) 745-8915x251
1263 North 15th Street
Laramie, WY

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Chrysalis House
(307) 245-3444
805 Pine Street
Pine Bluffs, 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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