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Causes of Alcoholism

by Kevin Caruso

There can be many possible causes to alcoholism.

Here are some of them:

  • A genetically inherited predisposition for alcoholism

  • A family history of alcoholism

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • PTSD

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Schizophrenia

  • Stress

  • Using alcohol as an escape

  • Constantly using alcohol to mask physical pain

  • Constatnly using alcohol to mask emotional pain

  • Lack of impulse control

  • Enjoying the “feeling” that alcohol gives you, and wanting to drink more and more to achieve that “feeling”

  • Change in brain chemistry over time due to alcohol abuse

  • Abuse of alcohol over an extended period of time that leads to the loss of control while drinking

The genetic component to alcoholism cannot be underestimated. Children of alcoholics are four times more likely than other children to become alcoholics, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

And environmental factors clearly play a strong contributory role in influencing someone’s attitudes about and access to alcohol.

The most important thing to for an alcoholic to do is get help.


If you think that you may be an alcoholic, please call:


And if you know someone who is an alcoholic, please get help for him or her immediately.

Take care,

Kevin Caruso
Founder, Executive Director, Editor-in-Chief
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