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In documentaries on alcohol abuse or interviews of recovering alcoholics, it is fairly common to hear a phrase like, “My father was a drinker.” Someone else might share that they grew up in a household with very lax attitudes towards drinking.
“Nature versus nurture” is a debate that continues to rage even today. Are alcoholics the result of an environment that encourages excess drinking or an inherited gene? And why is it that many of us drink, and yet a minority of us are more likely to suffer from alcoholism?
An informative video infographic attempts to shed light on these questions.
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Alcohol Abuse: Nature or Nurture?
According to the information provided in the video, the risk associated with alcoholism is fifty-percent hereditary and fifty-percent environment. In other words, it can be either a result of a gene or because of how you were raised. The video states that in environments where heavy drinking is common, about twenty-five percent of the children will grow up to have issues with alcohol. This information strongly suggests a major reason to seek help as soon as possible: The longer children within a household are exposed to alcoholism, the greater the likelihood that it will become a problem when they grow up.
Several million children are currently living in homes where alcoholism is a problem. However, what happens when alcoholism develops in a household where neither parent is an alcoholic or even encourages drinking of any kind? This is when genetic factors must be considered. Scientists have identified a gene strongly linked to alcohol abuse known as the gabra2 gene. The discovery of this gene showed that it is very possible to have a drinking problem not linked to one’s environment.
Overcoming an addiction to alcohol isn’t necessarily about determining whether nature or nurture factors are to broadly to blame. Ultimately, therapy and treatment options are about the individual.
Alcohol Abuse is Startlingly Pervasive
If you want an example of just how common alcohol addiction actually is, take twelve individuals and place them in a room. According to statistics presented in the video, one of those people is very likely to be an alcoholic. The video infographic stated that a little over 17.6 million people in the United States struggles with alcohol abuse or dependence. This is averaged out to one in twelve adults.
When And Why We Drink
The reasons for drinking vary based on the situation. A survey that appears in the video infographic shows that thirty-nine percent of those interviewed are more prone to drink when they are socializing. The next greatest number, twenty-five percent, do so to relax. And the third-largest number of those interviewed answered that they do so because they enjoy the drink, twenty-four percent.
Is it possible that there are members of this group that cannot stop after one drink? Perhaps, but the less popular answers are more compelling. Six percent of those interviewed admitted that they drink simply to get drunk. Four percent drink to forget they are miserable. Finally, three percent of those interviewed say they do to feel bold enough to act out their comfort zone: to “hook up or “man up”.
The minority of answers when grouped together make up about thirteen percent or one in thirteen. This is an average eerily close to the one in twelve adults who represent the average number of alcohol abuse among adults.
The reasons we give for drinking may reflect not only whether or not we are likely to abuse alcohol, but if we already do. Drinking for the sole purpose of getting drunk is abuse. Continuous alcohol abuse will very likely lead to unintended and harmful consequences.
Regardless of the reason or reasons that one finds themselves struggling with alcohol abuse, it is hoped that this video will provide helpful facts and statistics or maybe encourage individuals to seek the necessary help to fight this addiction.