Alcoholism Treatment Center Paradise Valley AZ

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.

Statler Aeed, Sumer
(480) 607-1022
10505 N 69th St Suite 1100
Paradise Valley, AZ

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Von Rhau, Katharina
(602) 508-9018
3424 North 34th Street
Pheonix, AZ

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Mandel, Alyssa
(480) 734-1199
11811 N. Tatum Blvd. Ste 3031
Pheonix, AZ

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Phoenix, AZ

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Borris, Eileen
(480) 951-0544
6450 East Hummingbird Lane
Paradise Valley, AZ

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(602) 952-0680
4840 East Indian School Road Suite 101
Pheonix, AZ

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(480) 367-2103
10645 North Tatum Boulevard Suite 200-164
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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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