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How Genetics Play A Role In Alcoholism – What You Need To Know


It’s common sense to know that our genetic structure determines all of our human traits. This can be things like our eye color, hair color or texture, our body shape, and even behavioral characteristics. Since we get our genes from our parents, it can be important to know if children of alcoholics are at risk for the disease themselves. And what are the children of alcoholics screening test results would show?

While there are plenty of screening tests that can be done to see if you were more likely to become an alcoholic based on your DNA, it’s good to keep in mind that children who are genetically predisposed To alcoholism have a much higher risk of abusing alcohol.

With that being said, alcoholism can also depend on a person’s social and environmental factors, as well. Just because you might have genes that correlate to alcoholism doesn’t mean you’ll become an alcoholic.

Hereditary and Genetics

Often people get hereditary and diseases and genetic diseases confused. Hereditary vs. genetic diseases are fairly easy to differentiate. The main difference is that hereditary diseases can be passed on from one generation to another. Whereas a genetic disease may or may not be hereditary. Genetic diseases are also always a result when there is a change in an organism’s genome.

If you’re trying to find a gene that is responsible specifically for alcoholism, you’re not going to find one. Each body contains hundreds of genes in DNA that can be associated with alcoholism. Thankfully, there have been studies that have shown that if you have specific combinations of jeans you might be more likely to become an alcoholic.

Mental Health and Alcoholism

Another thing you may want to look at is whether or not you have behavioral jeans that have been passed down that could influence your relationship with alcohol. This can be things like depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or even depersonalization. 

Unfortunately, people who struggle with mental illness have a much higher risk of abusing substances to cope with and even encountering drug experimentation. Mental disorders can because by one’s environment, but they can also be hereditary.

Environmental Factors

Earlier, you read a bit about how one’s environment can affect whether or not someone will struggle with alcoholism. Some environmental factors you may want to consider are, how sensitive you are to stress, how stressful your environment is, how are you cope with unhealthy interactions in your daily life as well as how healthy your work and home life are.

If you don’t know how to deal with stress, are under a lot of stress, or have an unhealthy work or home life, you may turn to alcohol to help you get through the day. To avoid this becoming a problem, when you’re struggling with stress, an argument with a loved one or anything else that may affect your mood, try your best not to turn to a substance. 

There are other things you can do to handle the stress of day-to-day life without turning to alcohol. You can take up boxing to get out aggression, you can meditate to decrease the amount of stress you have or you could volunteer to shift your focus onto others rather than yourself.

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