From the October 1971 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Heredity or Environment?

ANAHEIM, CALIF.--Heredity may be more important in alcoholism than environment, according to Dr. M. A. Schuckit, a resident in psychiatry at Washington University of St. Louis. He said in an interview that he is cautious about making flat statements, because the study on which his opinion is based was not a large one, even though it seemed decisive enough.

Schuckit studied two groups of people, 98 in all. The first was men and women who had had a real parent who was alcoholic, but who had been brought up by foster parents who were not. The second group was its opposite--people whose real parents had not been alcoholics, but who were raised by a foster parent who was.

-- Los Angeles Times

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