Our History of Alcoholism: A Family Matter

According to the ultimate authority in the US for alcoholism and addiction related issues, (The NIAAA or The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism), a history of alcoholism in a family is a very strong indicator that other relatives may also be at risk!

The History of Alcoholism – An Overview

Down the ages, alcohol has served many different purposes for a wide cross-section of people hailing from various strata of society with the first drinkers taking alcohol for medicinal reasons or as a part of their religious rituals.

 These reasons for drinking alcohol still hold good for many people across the world even today, with some manufacturers claiming to produce organic or nutrient-rich alcohol-based beverages that further add to the rising number of regular alcohol drinkers on a global scale.

However, when the principle of moderation is not adhered to and alcohol abused by users, the result can be devastating and sometimes even fatal, for many people who develop a taste for alcohol, which leads to progressive degeneration through various stages of alcoholism, culminating in an irreversible disease that could well have been a preventable condition with timely action.

History of Alcoholism – A Family Matter

There are millions of people – both men and women, sometimes, sadly even children – who are alcoholics. Some may have an individual in their family who is a victim of the bottle-hugger syndrome, i.e. alcohol substituted for real relations turning the person into an addict.

In fact, it is perfectly natural for people confronted with this possibility to try and shrug off the risk of alcoholism having far reaching effects for other members and some people even try to disassociate themselves from the problem by not wanting to discuss it at all – saying, it’s a family matter after all.

 Which it well is – alcoholism definitely is a family matter – one that every loving family should seriously consider seeking timely, qualified medical help for!!


Learn the Risks of a History of Alcoholism in the Family

A grandparent, parent other close family member clinically diagnosed with alcoholism may put you at risk of the very same problem too, but this is something very few people realize.

  •  A history of alcoholism exists where a parent is an alcoholic parent, who is likely to have suffered depression apart from associated psychological problems, which are likely to influence family decisions and quality of life for others if not treated properly
  • Families where both parents were known to abuse alcohol and/or other drugs are high-risk situations for other members and require clinical counseling and re-habilitation for reducing risks for others in the family unit and helping them lead a well-adjusted life
  • A history of alcoholism may result in severe abuse patterns for the drinking habit by addicts including frequent conflicts, sustained aggression and also violence that can and should be prevented before long term treatment is sought on an individual as well through family intervention programs by qualified therapists to address the disorder and any overlapping symptoms arising due to alcoholism.


So that your family problems related to alcoholism do not shadow your future or that of your loved ones, just because they were a very real part of the family’s history of alcoholism, it is important to consult the right professionals for learning how to lower risks, control and treat the disorder for enjoying a happy, meaningful and fulfilled life.

David L. Christopher, MS is one of San Diego County's premier counseling & marriage and family therapy providers. W/ over 30 yrs experience, his comprehensive approach to individual psychotherapy and couples counseling has helped thousands become effective communicators & develop stronger relationships. Specialties: self-esteem, relationships, ADD, depression, addiction, stepfamilies. His website is www.SanDiegoTherapist.com
David Christopher, M.S., LMFT

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