Whether a person decides to use alcohol or drugs is a choice, influenced by their environment--peers, family, and availability. But, once a person uses alcohol or drugs, the risk of developing alcoholism or drug dependence is largely influenced by genetics.
Alcoholism and drug dependence are not moral issues, are not a matter of choice or a lack of willpower. Plain and simple, people's bodies respond to the effects of alcohol and drugs differently. If you have a family history of alcoholism or addiction, you are four times more likely to develop a problem. Concerned? To learn more go to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence website »
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