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Does Alcoholism Begin At Birth?

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Does Alcoholism Starts At Birth?A common belief is that some people are "born alcoholics." These people are genetically or otherwise fated to be alcoholic. Not only that, this belief goes on to say that even if they never take a sip of alcohol in their entire lives, people with the genetic code are still alcoholic! It's argued that if they do consume alcohol, they will lose control and be unable to stop consuming excessively to their detriment and cause harm to those around them. Thus raising the question, does alcoholism begin at birth?

Scientific research has never found an actual "alcoholism gene" and there's no reason to believe that one exists. Furthermore even if a gene does exist, it does not take away the choice factor at all. Evidence from around the world indicates that people who drink excessively do so based on cultural beliefs, social norms, and individual experiences.

Most Italian and Jewish cultures drink alcohol and do so frequently and regularly, yet they have low rates of alcoholism. Among the Irish, Mormons, and members of many fundamentalist Christian churches, a large proportion does not drink; however, among those who do consume alcohol, the alcoholism rate is very high.

But couldn't that be due to genetic differences beween the groups? The answer is no. When Italians move to the United States and learn our cultural beliefs and attitudes about alcohol and drinking, the rate of alcoholism rises in the second generation and even more in the third generation. And people move from Orthodox, to Conservative to Reform Judaism, the proportion of alcoholics increases. So it's Italian and Jewish culture, beliefs and norms that reduce their susceptibility to alcoholism, not genetics.

What can we learn from Italians, Jews, Greeks, Portuguese, Spaniards and other groups in which most people drink regularly but have relatively low alcoholism rates? There are three fundamentals to their success that also disproves that alcoholism begins at birth.

First, in these cultures alcohol is believed to be neither inherently good nor inherently bad. It's how it is used that's important. Second, people can decide either to abstain from alcohol or to consume it responsibly in moderation. Both choices are equally acceptable and respected. However, in these cultures it isnever acceptable for anyone to abuse alcohol under any circumstance. Third, children learn how to drink responsibly within the home from their parents. It's clear that North American society falls far short of this successful model and we pay the price for that with our high alcoholism rates.

The Saint Jude Program model knows that alcoholism is not genetically inherited, but is a learned behavior over time. The great thing is that behaviors and habits can always be changed for the better. Over the past 22 years our program has helped those with an alcohol problem successfully stop drinking all together, or if desired, reduced their drinking to responsible moderation. It is possible to overcome alcohol use problems; you are not sick or addicted. If you are ready for a change call today; it's never too late for a new beginning.

Prof. Peter Venturelli Ph.D. Valparaiso University in Indiana

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