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Alcohol Addiction And Your Genetics

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There are millions of people in the United States that suffer from an alcohol addiction each and every day. But did you know that it has been scientifically and medically proven that your genetics and family history may have something to do with it? But what is the link between your grandparents, great-grandparents, you and alcoholism? And should you consider this genetic link when choosing to consume alcohol?

First, what exactly are the genetic characteristics or factors that link one family member to another, regarding alcoholism?

Tolerance: Most individuals will see outer physical characteristics between one generation and the next. Has anyone ever said that you look like your grandmother, or maybe you have your grandfather's eyes? This also works with respect to our inner body workings. It is possible to have a higher or lower tolerance for alcohol dependent on that of your family line. So, even as we cannot see such similarities, they may still exist within our bodies.

Physical Dependence and/or Proneness to Addiction and php drug rehab: A proneness to addiction has been scientifically and medically proven to follow genetic lines. This means that if your grandmother or grandfather easily falls into traps of addiction (alcohol, drugs, food, etc.) you may also have that proneness within your body.

Now, each person is different, and it may be easy to blame an addiction on your genetic line; but these scientific findings are meant to cause caution in individuals, no excuse. The fact that there is a genetic link to addiction, does not 100% mean that you will have a) that exact addiction as your relative or b) an addiction at all.

So when is the genetic link more likely to show up in an individual? Scientists and doctors believe that the link draws closer between that of twins. Also, a closer link regarding probability for alcoholism can follow from parent to child.

So, if my parents were/are alcoholic, should I never consume alcohol and php drug rehab?

No, being knowledgeable of this link does not mean that an individual should not drink at all - but caution must be taken. Some children who know that their parents were/are alcoholics will choose not to ever taste a sip of alcohol in their lifetime. While others may choose to limit their intake of alcohol and be very aware of warning signs of alcoholism within them. What are the consequences of drinking too much alcohol?

If you drink too much for a long period of time, you will suffer from nausea, sweating and muscle spasms. You are restless, anxious, irritable and depressed. You sometimes have blackouts: holes in your memory, where you can't remember what you did. Your heart, brain and liver may be damaged. Also, the risk of certain cancers is greater.

Drinking alcohol when you are pregnant is very dangerous for your baby (foetal alcohol syndrome).

Alcohol addiction is very common in South Africa. It rips families apart, and is a huge contributor to the divorce rate in South Africa and around the world.

Especially in the economic circumstances the world finds itself in at the moment, means more people will turn to the bottle to face their financial worries.

The best advice that can be given is to drink alcohol in moderation and not frequently. Although, if you know a friend or family member that is currently suffering from alcoholism, be sure to contact a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center as soon as possible. Alcoholism is a terrible disease that can develop in anybody at any time, no matter what the initial genetic link.

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