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Old 01-10-2007, 11:51 AM   #1
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070110/..._alcoholism_dc

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I looks like we might have real proof that alcoholism is hereditary.

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Old 01-12-2007, 05:57 AM   #2
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070110/..._alcoholism_dc

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I looks like we might have real proof that alcoholism is hereditary.
They should call it the Homer Simpson Gene.
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Old 01-16-2007, 04:32 AM   #3
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Interesting indeed. So alcoholism is to be labled a sickness now?
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Old 01-16-2007, 06:14 AM   #4
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Interesting indeed. So alcoholism is to be labled a sickness now?
I think it has been for some time.

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Old 01-16-2007, 03:07 PM   #5
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Interesting indeed. So alcoholism is to be labled a sickness now?
I think the way it works is that certain genes can make you prone to alcoholism, but not guarantee it. Likewise, you can become alcoholic even without those genes. So it is a sickness, and at the same time it is not.

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Old 01-16-2007, 03:18 PM   #6
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Interesting indeed. So alcoholism is to be labled a sickness now?
I think the way it works is that certain genes can make you prone to alcoholism, but not guarantee it. Likewise, you can become alcoholic even without those genes. So it is a sickness, and at the same time it is not.
As far as I know, alcoholism is treated legally as a sickness, which means if you have to miss work to attend treatment you can't be fired for it.

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Old 01-16-2007, 03:36 PM   #7
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Interesting indeed. So alcoholism is to be labled a sickness now?
Addiction falls under the umbrella of pathological conditions, yes.

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