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There are numerous studies about the role genetics play in alcoholism, and as an extension, drug abuse. To be honest with you I get lost in the detailed technical jargon of clinical studies, but there are numerous factor at play: genetics, individual personality traits, and social influences. Read up on the various blind twins studies where one twin was raised in a different environment from the other twin. The rates of alcoholism for both twins is very high.

There are a lot of alcoholics in my family. I can feel the temptation in me. I love just about every form of alcohol and have to really limit myself when I do drink on special occasions. Otherwise, I keep the stuff out of my house. My son has the same problem.

But in both our cases, our drive to be healthy and athletic overrule the desire to drink. So we stay away from it except for special events and I make sure I always limit myself to a certain amount and then stop.

I tell myself things like, "If I have one more, I'll feel like crap for two days, won't be able to exercise, think right and will gain about 5 lbs.

It works for me.

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