Is Alcoholism Genetic?

“People with family histories of alcoholism tend to have lower levels of endorphins – the endogenous morphine that is responsible for many of our pleasure responses – than do people genetically disinclined to alcoholism. Alcohol will slightly raise the endorphin level of people without the genetic basis of alcoholism; it will dramatically raise endorphin level of people with that genetic basis.” ~ Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: an Atlas of Depression Let us say this clearly – when a person decides to drink alcohol, it is entirely a choice. That choice can be influenced by … Continue reading Is Alcoholism Genetic?