Friday, May 25, 2012

Genetic Disposition Post #1 Ambrin Qureshi

Genetic Predisposition to Addiction
It is suggested that approximately 50 percent cases of alcohol addiction are caused due to genetic predisposition to alcoholism. The remaining 50 percent are because of poor coping skills. Keeping it in statistical terms, the offspring of drug addicts are eight times more prone to become addicted than others. Supporting this statement, Dr. Nora Volkow, the director of national institute on drug abuse (NIDA), claimed that some individuals are genetically predisposed to addiction. In Chapter 4 of our book I learned about this and I can honestly say I am surprised. Although I read environmental factors also contribute this is something that people can blame their addiction, well at least they used to blame genes, but now its known.