alcohol abuse Washington hereditary

Is Alcoholism Hereditary?

Approximately 18 million people in this country struggle with alcohol abuse Washington. Alcohol use disorder is the clinical name for alcoholism, affecting more people today than ever before.

There is some debate around whether alcoholism is hereditary or a result from environmental trauma. Scientific research suggests genetics being more than 50% responsible for inheriting alcoholism. This does not mean that someone who is born without the alcohol gene is immune from alcoholism. They may suffer from some sort of trauma or chemical imbalance, making them a perfect candidate for alcoholism resulting from their environment.

While there is a direct correlation between families who are alcoholics in terms of inheritance, there is also a great deal of evidence with respect to those who do not have a family history. Basically, if alcoholism runs in your family, you are more than twice as likely to be born with a predisposition to developing alcohol use disorder.

Alcohol Use Disorder Caused by Trauma and Other Factors

Engaging in binge drinking can actually lead to alcohol use disorder. When people rely heavily on alcohol for their problems, improvement of mood, or drink more and more regularly, their brains can actually become physically dependent on the chemicals released while intoxicated.

Similar to the way opioids attach to opioid receptors which causes physical dependence down the road, alcohol can also influence neurotransmitters in the brain causing a physiological dependence.

Have you ever heard the phrase, ‘addictive personality?’ If you have an addictive personality, and begin to consume alcohol in larger portions and more frequently, you may develop an alcohol abuse Washington disorder.

Childhood Dysfunction and Alcoholism

Traumatic events and dysfunctional childhoods may also cause a normal drinker to cross the line. Using alcohol to cope with difficult and stressful situations may become a crutch, and be harder to give up down the road.

Chemical imbalances, such as bipolar disorder or major depressive disorder are also shown to be linked with alcoholism. In the case of dual diagnosis, the individual may suffer from improper brain function and self-medicate with alcoholic drinking. This temporary cure may lead to an emotional dependence where the alcoholic cannot live without drinking. The two seem to go hand in hand.

Alcohol Abuse Washington Can Affect Anyone

Therefore, someone afflicted with alcoholism may or may not have a genetic predisposition for the disorder. But somewhere down the road, that person crosses the line from being a ‘normal’ drinker to a full-blown alcoholic. Whatever the case may be, if that person has alcoholism, they will need to get professional help to overcome their craving and obsession with drinking.

Do not hesitate to contact us today by calling (844) 338-5046. Our team of compassionate counselors are available 24/7 to discuss your specific questions and concerns. Take the first steps toward freedom and get help today.