Evidence shows that fifty to sixty percent of the people who become alcoholics are found to have alcoholism in their genetics. This leaves up to forty percent of the population that do not become alcoholics because a parent had a problem with drinking alcohol. These statistics have been found from a reliable source dealing with alcoholism as a disease.
There really is no way of knowing if you will become an alcoholic just because one or both of your parents drink alcohol. Although the evidence says that the odds are in your favor, the statistics prove that not all children of parents with drinking problems suffer from the disease of alcoholism.
Just to be on the safe side let me recommend that if there is a history of a problem drinkers in your family, consider staying away from the substance all together. Once someone gets addicted to alcohol it is extremely difficult to get free from the grips of the disease. The best prevention is to never even try it.
There’s a popular saying in the rooms of AA. If you don’t drink, you wont get drunk.” This obviously is the answer for you if you are a child of alcoholic parents and are concerned as to whether or not you will be an alcoholic too. The solution for you is in self discipline. There is no way that you can become an alcoholic if you never even try the stuff. So, “easy does it” and you will be just fine.
In our family there were three children. Both of our parents were alcoholics. In fact it was suggested that my dad died from drinking too much. I was very young at the time and never really heard the real story why he died. Anyway putting all of that aside, my brother and I battled with the disease of alcoholism, but my sister never had a problem with it. She does however have a “control freak” problem. This situation in my family says that the sixty percent figure is accurate. Actually, in our family the results were 66% in favor of the children becoming alcoholics if their parents suffer from the disease..
Even though the percentages of the testing that we have provided suggest that over fifty percent of the parents who have a drinking problem have children who battle with the disease, it is also suggested that the environment that a child grows up in affects their decisions to drink or not. This is a balanced approach to say a teenager can become a product of the environment that they grow up in. Here again this is not always the case. I have heard plenty of stories that suggest when children got older the last thing they wanted to do is be anything like their alcoholic parent or parents.
I guess the bottom line is that if you choose to drink alcohol, then you will get drunk and it’s possible that you will have a battle with it like your mother or father did. Just don’t do it at all. Find other ways to have fun in life and you will never have to worry about being an alcoholic because your mom or dad were.