Cindy, as a teenager I struggled with substance abuse. In fact, I was in and out of rehab for years before I became willing to quit. My question is, should I be concerned that my 14 year will develop a problem; is alcoholism hereditary?
Emily, the verdict is still out as to whether alcoholism is hereditary. Although, research tends to show that children of alcohol-dependent parents run a higher risk of developing an alcohol problem than other children.