Alcoholism: When can suddenly ...

You went out last night. Did you had a drink. You feel like you’ve been drinking too much and you want to stop so you stop. Most people feel like that after a lot of occasional drinking. However, social or occasional infrequent drinking is not alcoholism. Suddenly stopping drinking can be a bad idea. If you […]

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10 Signs You May Have Obsessiv...

As per WHO (World Health Organisation), About 2% of the world’s population suffer from OCD which is roughly 1 in 50 people. OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) is a type of anxiety disorder that causes obsessive and compulsive thoughts to a person. This article highlights the various types of symptoms that are associated with OCD. Listed below […]

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How to Stop Porn Addiction?

As most of us realize there is a great and lot deal of porn floating around the web these days. With porn so easy to come by it, there is also a little surprising fact that porn addiction is on the rise and no wonder how it is fueled. Many people will and may be […]

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How many of us decided to wake up early & do the exercise or Yoga, just to stop after few days. How many of us enthusiastically stopped all cigarettes, started workup, guitar classes, aerobic training program… Etc.  Only to stop after a while, due to lack of motivation. We quickly lose motivation and stop pursuing […]

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Is alcoholism hereditary?

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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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