Alcoholism Treatment Center Moundsville WV

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.

Crossroads Counseling Services Inc
(740) 676-5741
3201 Belmont Street
Bellaire, OH

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CRC Health Group Inc
(304) 547-9197
Rural Route 1
Triadelphia, WV

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Northpoint Consulting and Behavioral
(740) 782-0092
250 West Main Street
Saint Clairsville, OH

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Northpoint Consulting and Behavioral
(740) 782-0092
40060 National Road
Bethesda, OH

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Westbrook Health Services
(304) 485-1781
1011 Mission Drive
Parkersburg, WV

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Northwood Health Systems
(304) 234-3555
2121 Eoff Street
Wheeling, WV

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Crossroads Counseling Services Inc
(740) 695-9447
255 West Main Street
Saint Clairsville, OH

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Crossroads Counseling Services Inc
(740) 782-1407
41481 Stenger Road
Belmont, OH

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Chestnut Ridge Hosp/WVU Hospitals Inc
(304) 598-6400
930 Chestnut Ridge Road
Morgantown, WV

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Agnes Perkins, NCC
(304) 598-5111 
Morgantown, WV

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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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