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January 1979

Alcoholism and Heredity: A Review and Hypothesis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1979;36(1):57-61. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1979.01780010063006

• Recent evidence for a hereditary factor in alcoholism is reviewed, followed by speculation about how genetic variation combined with conditioning might promote or prevent the development of alcoholism. "Familial alcoholism" may be valuable as a diagnostic category.

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