Is Alcoholism Hereditary?
Posted by familydynamics on April 11, 2008
In looking at children of alcoholics, research has shown that children of alcoholics have a fourfold increase of developing alcohol problems compared to people who do not have parents who are alcoholic. So if alcohol problems affect 7 percent to 10 percent of people, their chances are more like 28 percent to 40 percent. But again, there are so many factors other than genes that play a role.
The best protective factors to help children not turn to alcohol or drugs is having a positive caring relationship with them, which needs to continue into their adolescent years. In addition, as your children get older, it is important to talk with them about the dangers of using drugs and alcohol and to know who their friends are and what they are doing. Take an interest in them, spend time with them, and do what you can to ensure that they are involved in extracurricular activities that they enjoy.