Is Being an Alcoholic Hereditary?
Children raised in a home in which a parent has a problem with alcohol have double the risk of becoming alcoholics themselves. There are various reasons for this unhappy fact. Research shows an inherited or genetic influence that increases the chances of becoming an alcoholic. The stress of living in a home troubled with alcoholism further increases the likelihood of children becoming problem drinkers themselves. Additionally, children of alcoholics often have poor self-image and esteem, and have greater difficulty in facing the stresses of daily living. When circumstances become difficult and problems arise, there is a greater likelihood of turning to alcohol as an escape.
Prevention is greater than cure -- stay away from alcohol!