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Essay Galaxy - Alcoholism: Is It Hereditary?
Alcoholism: Is It Hereditary?
The kind of clear-cut model of the genetic sources of alcoholism
perceived by the public and presented in popular tracts does not
accurately reflect the state of knowledge in this area. No persuasive
genetic mechanism has been proposed to account for accumulated data about
alcoholic behavior, social differences in alcoholism rates or the
unfolding of the disease. Biological findings about the offspring of
alcoholics have been inconsistent and grounds exist to challenge the
notion of an enhanced genetic liability for alcoholism that has been
accepted wisdom for the last decade. Genuine attempts to forge data and
theory into genetic models have been limited to men alcoholics and to a
minority of severely diseased alcoholics with other special
characteristics. However, several investigators dispute....
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Number Of Words: 1767
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