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Substance Abuse and Addiction - Cause

It's not clear why some people abuse alcohol or become addicted to it and others do not. Alcoholism often runs in families (genetic), but your drinking habits also are influenced by your environment and life situations, such as friends or stress levels.

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Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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