Researchers have determined that children of alcoholics are four times more likely to suffer from alcoholism than children without alcoholic parents. While genetic composition is a large factor in this statistic, it is also a matter of learned behavior. Children who grow up with one or two alcoholic parents or a close family member who is an alcoholic, are often exposed to a parent who suffers from depression or another psychological illness. They can also experience acts of aggression or even violence within the family. These are the same experiences that contribute to future alcoholism, regardless of genetic makeup.
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