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Is Alcoholism inherited?

Research shows that the risk for developing alcoholism does indeed run in families. The genes a person inherits partially explain this pattern, but lifestyle is also a factor. Currently, researchers are working to discover the actual genes that put people at risk for alcoholism. Your friends, the amount of stress in your life, and how readily available alcohol is also are factors that may increase your risk for alcoholism, alcohol dependence or alcohol addiction.

But remember: Risk is not destiny. Just because alcoholism or alcohol dependence tends to run in families doesn't mean that a child of an alcoholic parent will automatically become an alcoholic too. Some people develop alcoholism even though no one in their family has a drinking problem. By the same token, not all children of alcoholic families get into trouble with alcohol. Knowing you are at risk is important, though, because then you can take steps to protect yourself from developing problems with alcohol or alcohol abuse.

Many alcoholics don't realize they have a problem. They need a friend or family member to point it out to them. Even then, they might be in such denial they don't see it. If you're here, you might suspect you have a problem, but aren't sure. Here are some definite signs you have a problem with alcohol and need the help of a Chicago alcohol rehab facility to get you past it and healthy again.

Signs You May Be an Alcoholic

If one or more of the above statements sounds familiar to you, you've got a problem with alcohol. The more statements above that apply to you, the more serious the problem has become. However, identifying with just one statement indicates you have at least the beginnings of an alcohol problem. The best time to get treatment is at the beginning of an addiction. Conquering it is easier in the early stages. However, a Chicago alcohol treatment facility can help you even if you're already deep into alcoholism.

Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs

Alcohol abuse treatment differs from alcoholism treatment in that detox is not necessary because a person suffering from alcohol abuse lacks the physical addiction and intense cravings that one suffering from alcoholism would experience.

The first step in alcohol abuse treatment is abstinence. If you have a problem with controlling the amount of alcohol you consume, just stay away from it altogether to eliminate the risk of binge drinking. You must train yourself to live without alcohol. To do this you should avoid people and places that make drinking the norm, such as bars and parties where alcohol will be consumed. Enlist the help and support of your family and friends, and try to establish a new hobby to replace drinking alcohol. Do something that makes you feel good about yourself and about what you're doing, such as volunteer work or a new exercise regiment.

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