Are your genetics responsible for your alcohol abuse disorder. The way a woman who carries the gene for breast cancer is susceptible to breast cancer? 

Your genetics may play a part in your alcohol problems, but there is more to it than just genetics and family history. 

Which gene is responsible for alcohol disorders

There is no one single gene that will determine you are becoming an alcoholic. Genetics and family history of addiction is only part of the puzzle of alcoholism. 

In 2012, medical research stated that there are genes associated with a higher risk of developing alcohol abuse disorders. Of the thousands of genes, eleven pairs, according to the study, can contribute to drinking disorders. 

The three mentioned are:

  • ADH1B
  • GABRB1
  • Beta-Klotho

Other contributors to alcohol issues

There are other contributors that can play a role in developing drinking problems. Some of those are:

  • Environment this is work or home that could cause stress, so the person drinks to relax
  • Family history includes not only a history of alcohol abuse but also physical or sexual abuse when the person is younger
  • Gender because a woman’s body is different, from men’s, in body mass, hormones, and metabolism they are at risk of developing a drinking problem faster
  • Mental health condition(s) that include bipolar, anxiety, or schizophrenia

Mental health conditions and addiction often go hand in hand. Usually, the mental health condition happens first even if it is not a medical diagnosis. Until recently, a dual diagnosis of mental health condition and addiction were often treated separately. This treatment plan did not work well for most dual diagnosis patients; their risk of relapse was higher, and they often relapse before treatment is over. 

Seeking help

If you feel that a loved one or you has a drinking problem and think it is due to genetics, you are only half right. You must accept that there is more to the alcohol issues than just genetics alone, or you are setting your loved one or yourself up for failure.

When a patient seeks help for drinking, they should have a medical and mental evaluation before entering the recovery treatment center. This ensures that the patient is treated for both issues properly if they have a dual diagnosis. That provides them a better chance of success for recovery.

There are medications that can help with alcohol abuse disorders but should accompany other therapies as well. Treatments designed to help provide skills that will allow the drinker to deal with triggers and stressors in a new way, so they no longer need to drink.

At 449 Recovery, we offer a detox program that is continuously monitored as well as medications that help reduce withdrawal symptoms. Call us today (855) 435-7449 to learn about the therapies we offer to individuals, groups, and families for recovery.

After your treatment at 449 Recovery, we can offer recommendations on sober living homes and more counseling to provide you the best chance of staying sober.