PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- KLEAN Treatment Center
, which focuses on personalized programs to fight addiction, knows that there are a number of different factors that can lead to alcoholism. However, the team members at the facility are particularly interested in a new article
that suggests that genetics may have a direct link to alcoholism. This is important for children of alcoholics and others who have a number of cases of alcoholism in the family.
Chief Medical Officer of the Hazelden Foundation Marvin D. Seppala explains, "Over 50 percent of the likelihood that a person is going to end up with addiction has to do with their genetic history. If your mom or dad is an alcoholic, then your risk skyrockets. You are at least six times more likely than the general population to become an alcoholic yourself."
The age when a person has their first drink can also influence how they interact with alcohol later in life. For example, studies show that those who start drinking before age 15 are five times more likely to become addicted than those who begin drinking after they turn 21. For this reason, it is especially important to ensure that children do not get exposed to alcohol at a young age. For moms and dads who may be lenient about drinking, this information is often all they need to prohibit they children from experimenting with alcohol casually, such as at family parties under adult supervision.
The team at KLEAN Treatment Center explains, "Some parents have this idea that it is okay to let their young high schooler drink as long as it is just one or two drinks and they do so in the presence of parents. In reality, this behavior is just as risky as when kids go out and binge drink on their own. Early exposure to alcohol is problematic any way you slice it."
In addition to these factors, tolerance can play a large role in addiction. Some people of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean descent find that they get flushed when they drink. These genetics are actually protective genes that prevent a person from overindulging, as they do not enjoy the feeling they get when they drink excessively.
Scientists explain that there are more than 300 genes associated with alcoholism. Slight variations are all it takes to contribute to a person's levels of risk or resistance. For children of alcoholics, this is important to consider. In fact, this is why many kids of alcoholics choose to steer clear of alcohol entirely. While it is certainly possible for children of alcoholics to have a healthy relationship with this substance, many are not willing to find out how they will interact with alcohol.
"It is always necessary to understand that alcohol is an addictive substance for many people. Having respect for alcohol is a necessity. This is especially true for those who have alcoholism in their family. Since the substance is so powerful, parents should keep their kids away from it until they are of legal drinking age. Even then, they should discuss the importance of moderation with their sons and daughters," state the professionals at KLEAN Treatment Center.
KLEAN Treatment Center
is a drug and alcohol treatment facility that provides highly individualized treatment programs for individuals looking to regain their sobriety. The center has three locations: one in West Hollywood, California, one in Long Beach, Washington, and one in Astoria, Oregon. The program offers both inpatient and outpatient options, depending on an individual's particular set of needs.