Alcoholism Treatment Center Saint Simons Island GA

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.

Focus By The Sea
(912) 638-1999
2927 Demere Road
Saint Simons Island, GA

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Gateway CSB Crisis Stabilization Unit
(912) 280-1400
3045 Scarlet Street
Brunswick, GA

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Neil Schulenburg NCC
(912) 264-3076 
Brunswick, GA

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Gateway Behavorial Health Services
(912) 264-2191
299 Episcopal Confrence Center Road
Waverly, GA

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Bradford Health Services
(706) 649-3075
2616 Warm Springs Road
Columbus, GA

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Douglas Thompson NCC, MAC
(912) 638-1999 
Saint Simons Island, GA

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Alpha Recovery Centers Inc
(912) 554-2025
10 Alpha Circle
Brunswick, GA

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Gateway Behavioral Health Services
(912) 437-9450
1000 Commissioner Drive
Darien, GA

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Lee, Eleanor
(404) 841-0020
49A Lenox Pointe NE
Atlanta, GA

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Patel Garcia, Rita
(404) 319-0053
2440 Sandy Plains Road Building 13, Suite 300
Marietta, GA

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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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