The role of genetic and social factors in alcoholism, according to Amy Wachholtz

Published: Aug. 13, 2019

Genetics make people more prone to alcohol addiction, but psycho-social factors — including life stressors, childhood abuse, early exposure to alcohol, anxiety and social acceptance — also play a role, says Amy Wachholtz, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Clinical Health Psychology Ph.D. program. A person’s genetics might make them “derive more pleasure from having that drink,” she says. 

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