Biological Predictors of Problem Drinking

  • Donald W. Goodwin


The strongest known predictor of alcoholism occurring in a particular individual is the presence of alcoholism in his or her family. It is, in fact, the only known predictor. The way alcoholism is transmitted from generation to generation in families is not known, but there is growing evidence that biological factors (i.e., heredity) influence the transmission. The first section of this chapter reviews this evidence in detail.


Heavy Drinking Biological Parent Problem Drinking Human Leucocyte Antigen Dizygotic Twin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald W. Goodwin
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Kansas School of MedicineKansas CityUSA

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