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What causes alcoholism?

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The cause of alcoholism seems to be a blend of genetic, physical, psychological, environmental, and social factors that's different depending on the person. Your chance of becoming an alcoholic is three to four times greater if one of your parent's is an alcoholic. While children of alcoholics have an increased risk of struggling with alcohol, many children of people with an alcohol abuse or dependence issue do not develop a problem. .

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatric Association:  5th edition, 2013.  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Alcohol Abuse , Psychiatric Annuls 2005. 

Combs, R. , Wiley, 2004.  Handbook of Addictive Disorders: A Practical Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment

Littleton, J. . 2003. American Journal of Addiction

UpToDate.

The Alcoholism Guide (http://www.the-alcoholism-guide.org/cage-questionnaire.html).

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Vol. 35, 2016.

 

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on April 2, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatric Association:  5th edition, 2013.  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Alcohol Abuse , Psychiatric Annuls 2005. 

Combs, R. , Wiley, 2004.  Handbook of Addictive Disorders: A Practical Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment

Littleton, J. . 2003. American Journal of Addiction

UpToDate.

The Alcoholism Guide (http://www.the-alcoholism-guide.org/cage-questionnaire.html).

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Vol. 35, 2016.

 

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on April 2, 2019

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