Alcoholism: Nature vs Nurture

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Alcoholism: Nature Versus Nurture For years people have argued that alcoholism is a choice and not a learned or inherited disease. These people will normally agree that yes, children are in fact influenced by family, but purely of a social nature, and that this disease is actually caused by poor economic status, poor social upbringings, or merely by imitating the behaviors of those who raised them. However, research has proven that in a great deal of cases there is in fact enormous basis for alcoholism being a genetic or inherited disease. While genetics cannot predict alcoholics very well, research can show that one can be born to be an alcoholic; the action and reaction taken in spite of or because of this gene however determines the…show more content…
Teenagers often “binge drink” or drink rapidly in high doses due to a lack of availability, this is another factor that leads to this disease.
In some family units alcohol becomes not only an ambiguous symbol of their family but also in many cases it becomes the only means of relation between some members of their clan. Becoming the only thing they have to do thither, the only thing they can relate on, their only method of bonding and communication. It is in these cases that it is most prevalent of the crashing together of the social causes and genetic causes of the disease. Families of this caliber most often use alcohol as a method of reward and celebration. Family gatherings center on the consumption of alcohol. This is also a very dangerous method of bonding amongst family members, a lot of families break down at this point, fights are started, grudges are born, and families are torn apart beyond repair. Putting a bunch of alcoholics or even drunks in the same area will most often lead to disaster and heartache. On the flipside of that coin, are the children who grow up in a household where alcohol is completely forbidden and taboo. These children are raised to believe that alcohol is completely wrong and are never exposed to it at all. Once “set free” into the real world these individuals are exposed to alcohol and will sometimes become heavy drinkers in a rebellious manner due to never being introduced to it or
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