Inheritance and Genetics of Alcoholism
Genetics of Alcoholism:
Some genetic element with a predisposition to alcoholism, but not a fully genetic disease.
Racial Patterns for Alcoholism:
Racial Information for Alcoholism: Native American women die from alcoholism at five to six times the
national rate. Drinking during pregnancy is three times the national
average. (Source: excerpt from Native American Women's Health: NWHIC)
Inheritance and Genetics Information
Inheritance of Alcoholism:
Scientists have found that having an alcoholic family member makes
it more likely that if you choose to drink you too may develop
alcoholism. (Source: excerpt from Alcoholism Getting the Facts: NIAAA)
About inheritance and genetics:
Inheritance of Alcoholism refers to whether the condition is inherited
from your parents or "runs" in families.
The level of inheritance of a condition depends
on how important genetics are to the disease.
Strongly genetic diseases are usually inherited,
partially genetic diseases are sometimes inherited,
and non-genetic diseases are not inherited.
For general information, see Introduction to Genetics.
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