Will Children Of Alcoholics Become Alcoholics?

The author of the article, A Family History of Alcoholism, suggests that the chances of a child that has alcoholic parents will become an alcoholic is a 50%  chance. This is shocking and sad to me because common knowledge states the experience with traumas such as alcoholism would teach you not to follow those footsteps. Ultimately, I am saying that 50% is an extremely high number.

Because alcoholism is such a common thing in today’s society, I argue that children would be frustrated and understand how it tears apart relationships, families, and people’s lives. This would mean that children would steer away from alcoholism and want to change their lives to be better than their parents, but this author does not say so. His argument is that while children would not want to be alcoholics because of their parents, it has become a lifestyle that many many children have learned is social acceptable and correct. I understand this statement, but from personal experience I disagree.

The author also discusses that genetics are not the only thing that influence a child’s future because they learn from the atmosphere of their surrounding. This follows closely along with his argument of children of alcoholics becoming alcoholics simply because it is all they know. Because of the alcohol they are surrounded by more violence, depression, and aggression. While these things are all true, I still feel strongly about children understanding that this is not a future anyone should want, and that any child who has experienced having an alcoholic parents should know and decide that they do not want to live the same lifestyle.


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6 responses to “Will Children Of Alcoholics Become Alcoholics?

  1. Judy Le

    I think you may be arguing a different point from what the author of the article is saying. It seems like the point of the article [next time please provide a link and writer’s name] is to inform how children are susceptible to certain lifestyles based on their environment; however, the point you are arguing is that children of alcoholics shouldn’t become alcoholics because of the ramifications of such a lifestyle. Or are you arguing that children of alcoholics are less likely to become alcoholics themselves because of firsthand knowledge of consequences?

    • Elise Hayes

      I am arguing that children of alcoholics are less likely to become alcoholics themselves because of the firsthand knowledge of consequences and because they have been around it and see how terrible it is. I am arguing that the author saying 50% of all children of alcoholics will become alcoholics is an extremely high number.

      • Judy Le

        Perhaps it would be better for you to refocus your argument. It is difficult to argue against a statistic unless you are legitimately questioning whether or not the statistic is skewed or you’re bringing new statistics to the table.

        Your argument, as it now stands, leaves room for a lot of room for counter-arguments.

  2. Maria

    I agree that children of alcoholic parents tend to sway from the whole lifestye of drinking, but because of environment it can easily become their lives too. Amazingly the hate of seeing a parent in that state of mind is usually enough that children dont want friends or constituents with drinking habits, but tend to pick up other habits to heal the effect of their up bringing.

  3. Elise, I agree that children of an alcoholic are capable of choosing there own path but many choose the life style because its what they know. They may see that it tears a family apart or that it can cause death but sometimes that does not matter.

  4. Maria, I agree that children of alcoholics tend to stray away from their parents’ decisions in this day and age. They see the destruction that occurs in their parents’ lives and, instead of associating themselves with problems that could be genetically encoded, they turn away from that lifestyle. These children will most likely stay away from alcohol and other drugs throughout high school and college, perhaps only engaging in social drinks very lightly and rarely.

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