Inheritance and Genetics of Alcoholism


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About inheritance and genetics: Inheritance of Alcoholism refers to whether the condition is inherited from your parents or "runs" in families. The level of inheritance of a condition depends on how important genetics are to the disease. Strongly genetic diseases are usually inherited, partially genetic diseases are sometimes inherited, and non-genetic diseases are not inherited. For general information, see Introduction to Genetics.

Genetics of Alcoholism: Some genetic element with a predisposition to alcoholism, but not a fully genetic disease.


Inheritance of Alcoholism: Scientists have found that having an alcoholic family member makes it more likely that if you choose to drink you too may develop alcoholism.1

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Alcoholism Getting the Facts: NIAAA

Last revision: April 10, 2003

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