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can i be an alcoholic because of my parents ?

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    britt1215posted 7 years ago

    can i be an alcoholic because of my parents

  2. A la carte profile image58
    A la carteposted 7 years ago

    Don't be silly...while statistics might show otherwise if you do not drink you will not have a problem..you have a choice..drink or not drink exercise that choice.

  3. Claudin_Dayo profile image60
    Claudin_Dayoposted 7 years ago

    well it's a choice after all smile) if you're going to follow their example or not! I hope you wont.. It's not always what you see is what you get, life is a choice.. so choose wisely

  4. Tatjana-Mihaela profile image59
    Tatjana-Mihaelaposted 7 years ago

    If you will drink, you can become alcoholic, no matter if your parents were alcoholics or not. People whose parents are alcoholic, can be more sensitive on alcohol, some of them more tempted to solve problems with alcohol, but at the end, this is personal choice.

    As A la carte said....to drink or not to drink is that what matters.

    I vote for "not drinking".

    Wish you a lot of luck and very sure you will choose wisely.

  5. Wendi M profile image78
    Wendi Mposted 7 years ago

    Many scientific studies have been conducted and have shown that children of alcoholics are nearly 4 times more likely to develop problems with alcohol.

    That being said, I would have to know more about your specific situation to be able to answer your question.  One of which would be, do you drink alcohol, and if so...how much?

    My father was an alcoholic, as were many other members of my family.  I have one sister in recovery with me.  However, my youngest sister doesn't have the slightest problem with alcohol.  She is able to drink as normal people (without addictions) do.

    Please feel free to contact me through email if you would like to discuss this in more detail.  I would be more than happy to answer any/all questions you might have.

    Also, after having read some of the other responses, I would like to add that alcoholism is not a choice.  You could take your first drink and be perfectly fine, or you could take your first sip and instantly be an alcoholic!


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    jasper420posted 7 years ago

    the chanves that you can become addicted are higher

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    britt1215posted 7 years ago

    Thanks for the advice. i honestly try not to drink til the weekends. the parents drink every single day. My mom more because of tequila. but when i do drink (sometimes) i pick up a drink and can't stop til i go home or something happens. i know i am not an alcoholic but i have the worst luck when i do drink Excessively. like i loose my phone or get left somewhere..i guess i "blackout" at times. i like to drink now i stopped drinking hard liquer but sometimes i just wanna get messed up. ehh i know i havn't had the worst happen to me but i feel like i have to always watch my drinking now. and i am still young almost 23.

  8. Phanti profile image60
    Phantiposted 7 years ago

    If someone drinks every weekend, and can't stop drinking once they start, lose things, get left places and have blackouts, I would be concerned that they have a problem.
    They should try going a weekend without drinking, and if they  can Good For Them!  If they can't I would suggest them getting some help.
    Also trying to hang out with other people that don't drink, that do other things with their weekends can make a huge difference.
    "Everything in moderation" is alright, but if someone can't stop they should take a self quiz on the topic.
    http://alcoholism.about.com/od/tests/a/ … oholic.htm

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    ardnaxelaposted 5 years ago

    If alcoholism runs in the family, yes you have a higher chance of becoming an alcoholic sometime in your life. My own family has had its share of alcoholics, my father being one himself. I am not an alcoholic though because I choose not to drink alcohol all the time, and that I cannot afford to buy it every day. Having a drink every once in a while is fine, and being responsible if and when you drink in large amounts is key. If you have had a large amount of alcohol to drink in one night at the bar, it is always best to call a cab or to call a friend to come get you and take you home so that way you will not get a DUI.

  10. candicemarks987 profile image60
    candicemarks987posted 5 years ago

    Hereditary factors contribute to the chances that a person can be an alcoholic too but it is still the person's choice if he/she will really use the said substance. In order to prevent this from happening or if you know someone who is already suffering from the condition, tell him/her about addiction treatment rehab (http://addiction-rehab-treatment.net/su … counselor/)