Alcoholism Treatment Center Kailua Kona HI

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.

Big Island Substance Abuse Council
(808) 327-4300
74-5000 Puohulihuli Street
Kailua Kona, HI

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Lokahi Treatment Centers
(808) 331-1175
76-6225 Kuakini Highway
Kailua Kona, HI

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Sallee, Nancy
(808) 333-8988
Mango Court Suite 210
Kealakekua, HI

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Lokahi Treatment Centers
(808) 883-0922
68-1845 Waikoloa Road
Waikoloa, HI

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Big Island Substance Abuse Council
(808) 935-4927
95-5545 Mamalahoa Highway
Naalehu, HI

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Eggleston, Summer
(808) 327-1711
77-6400 Nalani Street Suite 200
Kailua Kona, HI

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Big Island Substance Abuse Council
(808) 322-3100
81-947 Halekii Street
Kealakekua, HI

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Jamal Fulani Wasan, NCC, CCMHC, MAC
(808) 883-0922 
Waikoloa, HI

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Habilitat Inc
(808) 235-3691
45-035 Kuhonu Place
Kaneohe, HI

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Hoomau Ke Ola
(808) 696-4266
85-761 Farrington Highway
Waianae, HI

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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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