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Why/how is it that alcoholism is hereditary? Is it just a fluke genetic code like ending up with blue eyes?

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I don't think alcoholism is hereditary. More like a coping skill for some that can't cope with life.

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No, it definately runs in families. I just want to know why and how.
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Low beta-indorphin levels are found in the brain of a a chronic alcohol abuser. I still don't think it's heriditary.
Drinking is a choice
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So, it's a chemical imbalance in the brain is what you're saying right? And that has nothing to do with genes? Then what about depression? Drinking is a choice. But what determines if a person will become addicted or not? Why can some people drink and walk away and others can't???
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It's a chemical Im balance due to heavy drinking. When a person stops drinking they transfer there addiction to something else. Gambling/food/shopping. Not all but most do. Goes back to their coping. I Just tired people blaming on heriditary than to take responsibility for their bad choices
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I think I'll research it on my own. Thank you for your thoughts.
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