Tobacco and Alcohol Use Behaviors

  • Nicole R. Hoft
  • Joseph T. Sakai
  • Marissa A. Ehringer
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)


Substance use disorders (abuse and dependence as defined by the DSM-IV) are common; considering all drug categories nicotine dependence and alcohol dependence are generally the most prevalent. These disorders often cluster within individuals and within families, are the source of familial problems and serious morbidity and mortality, and exact great costs from society. Although evidence-based treatments of substance use disorders exist, the often chronic relapsing–remitting nature of these problems underscores the importance of research that seeks to better understand the biological (as well as social) contributions to risk for these disorders. Genetic studies offer one such approach and this chapter reviews much of that body of work.


Alcohol Dependence Nicotine Dependence Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Tobacco Dependence Frontal Lobe Epilepsy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicole R. Hoft
    • 1
  • Joseph T. Sakai
    • 2
  • Marissa A. Ehringer
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Colorado at BoulderBoulderUSA
  2. 2.University of Colorado at DenverAuroraUSA

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