Effects Of Alcoholism On The American Medical Association

1016 Words Nov 17th, 2014 5 Pages
Assignment: Literature review
Topic: Addiction to alcohol
Instructor: Vanda Wark

Literature Review

Definition of alcoholism: According to the American medical association alcoholism is a chronic disease with genetic, psychosocial and environmental factors influencing development and manifestations.

Alcoholism has had a tremendous impact on the human condition and its relationship to society.
The evolution of alcoholism, its behavior and quality of life impact will be addressed; as well as treatments and fiscal impact in the literature review.

“Alcoholism is a complex disorder with many pathways leading to its development. Genetic and other biological factors are likely involved in the emergence of alcohol dependence, along with cognitive, behavioral, temperament, psychological, and sociocultural factors. Alcohol use patterns, including alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence, are 'familial ' in nature (cf. Heath et al.,
1997; cf. Kendler, Heath, Neale, Kessler, & Eaves, 1992; Hesselbrock, 1995). That is, similar styles of alcohol use and the presence of alcoholism are often found within the same family, running from parent to child and across multiple generations of biologically related individuals.
However, many other traits or behaviors, such as religious or political affiliation, which have little or no biological basis and, therefore, cannot be under heavy genetic control, also run in families. While genetic and other biological factors cannot fully…
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