8 Types of Depression You May ...

Types of Depression! Does depression have types? According to WHO (World Health Organization), India is the most depressed country in the world. The shocking statistics from WHO suggest that there is a lack of awareness in the country and the stigma associated with it is very high. Majority of people know what is depression but […]

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Why Some People Are More Prone...

It may seem freaky, bizarre to some, but yes it is true- many people around the world are prone to depression! It’s not just us who are telling but also research findings have proved it. “The prevalence of depression globally has been increasing in recent decades ranging from 20% to 25% in women and about […]

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How I got addicted to Alcohol?

Hello, this is Raajan Vasudev Menon from Bangalore. I am a recovered alcohol addict who’s just out of a rehab centre. I like to share my story to all, especially parents on- how your alcohol practice may affect your children’s life. There is no confusion from where to start with. For every annual leave, I […]

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Depression or Sadness- how do ...

Nobody would welcome the feelings of dejection or sadness, but feeling low can sometimes feel like a  normal emotion, and a natural response to disappointment or loss. But it is vital to note that if this sadness persists for a long duration of time, it can be devastating. However, depression is a mental health condition […]

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Why is Overcoming Alcohol Addi...

Alcohol addiction does lead to bad behaviours and is dangerous. But why is Overcoming Alcohol Addiction So Hard? “I admire anyone who rids himself of an addiction” – Gene Tierney Overcoming Alcohol Addiction is Hard- why? A person may not admit he is an alcoholic as he starts out seeking or experiencing a sense of […]

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Is alcoholism hereditary?

alcoholism, is alcoholism hereditary

A curious question on alcoholism hereditary

Number of studies has been conducted to find if our gene is the cause of alcoholism, yet there has not been a study that confirms it. Experts have conducted twin and adoption studies to reach this goal. However what was found was; genes or heredity is not the sole reason for alcoholism, along with it there are various external or environmental factors that together may cause alcoholism. Let’s take a look at the factors that are known to cause alcoholism.

  • Family history: Studies have shown that alcoholism, in many cases, run in the family. This does not mean that if parents are alcoholic the child is bound to become an alcoholic. Parents do pass on genes to children but it cannot be said for sure that the child would turn out the same. What these studies show is; individuals who have a family history of alcoholism or if the first degree relatives are alcoholics, they are at a higher risk or have more chances of getting involved with alcoholism.
  • Availability: If the individual is exposed to alcohol from a very young age or grows up in an environment where alcohol is easily accessible, they can and may get involved in alcoholism later in life. Some of the violent setting where drug use and violence is a normal every-day scenario may put an individual at risk to develop alcoholism.
  • Peer pressure: An Individual at their adolescence stage of their life is more vulnerable to get into unhealthy habits. And at this time their peer groups tend to be more influential than parents. If the peer group puts pressure on the individual to get into addiction the individual, at this point, is more likely to get addicted compared to others who do not have such peer groups.
  • Individual characteristics: A person’s individual characteristics play a big role in determining that person’s behaviour in later part of their life. Studies have shown that individuals who had undercontrolled temperament at an early age were more likely to be diagnosed with alcohol dependency later in life. When an individual is more impulsive, restless and distractible as a child are more likely to get involved in risky habits such as drug abuse.
  • Psychological factors: There are various psychological factors that make an individual vulnerable to alcoholism. Stress, when under stress an individual loses their self esteem and often sort to unhelpful coping strategies and the most common of them is sorting to drinking. Individuals who lack in adequate coping strategies are also vulnerable to unhealthy coping such as drug abuse. Some individuals sort to drinking as a way to reduce anxiety while others drink their sorrows away.

Yes, gene too have a part but they are not the sole cause for alcoholism, they only increase vulnerability towards alcoholism. This fact has to be understood because this also plays an important role in treatment and recovery. When something is completely hereditary there are less chances to get rid of it but when there are other factors involved, there is always hope to change. For that change, call us now on +919611194949.

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