While alcoholism can be genetic, I don't think its something you should worry about at the moment. So you want some more? drink more. Just know when you've had enough. I know, easy to say; but it's all about observation and self accountability. Take it from a prior Sailor: you learn what you can and cant take. if you ignore the signals your body is sending you and your intuition and common sense, you'll fall into a world of hurt up to and including bad habits and addictions.
If you know there is a family history, its fine. have a drink with your boys and whatnot. Just don't let yourself go crazy.
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If someone told me that because of a genetic trait from my grandfather and father there was a pretty good chance that if I ate pears I would get stomach cancer, I think I'd skip the pears. You can tell if you are prone to alcoholism just by what you are willing to risk in order to drink.
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I don't remember any proof that it is genetic. But there is a definite correlation to environmental. If you grew up around alchoholics then you have a definite increased tendency towards alchoholism.
There are also links to chemical imbalances that show an increased addictive tendency, to alchohol or anything else. Whether those are geneticly from before birth or developmentally from diet caused still is also debated.
Bottom line if you crave a good drunk once in a blue moon you aren't an alchoholic.
No. Alcoholism isn't genetic. My sisters both don't drink, and I drink like a sieve.
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Alcoholism its self isn't genetic, but some have a genetic predisposition to become alcoholics. If those who are predisposed to be alcoholics never drink then they won't become alcoholics, but if they start drinking some then they have a much higher chance to become an alcoholic as opposed to those who don't have the genetic predisposition.
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My father died in great part to alcoholism. His generation drank heavily and it is quite rampant in my culture. Slavic people enjoy potato and grain spirits to large extent; it's like wine is for a Frenchman (only that we're generally not pu**ies like the French).
I tend to drink moderare to heavy on weekends: vodka and whiskey (plus beer, but it's too heavy in the stomach/digestion). I share your concern over genetics, yet I still drink. I'm never drunk or intoxicated to where I drive or become a danger to self or others; just have a point at which I say "it's enough."
The upside is that I know my limits with my high tolerance [I weigh 225 pounds and should probably lose 10 of those pounds]; downside is that I'm likely damaging my liver and health.