Alcoholism can destroy relationships. But spouses of high-functioning alcoholics have a particular challenge because their mates often function enough to make it seem like they don’t have a problem. They may deny your concerns about their drinking habits by defending what they are doing right: “Well, I pay the bills” or “I work hard, I deserve to unwind.”
To understand the genetics behind alcoholism, it helps to have a basic understanding of the difference between the terms used in research. The terms genetic and hereditary are often used interchangeably; however, this is technically incorrect.
Both Caucasian and Hispanic women in the U.S. are drinking more than ever before. More are alcoholics and more are engaging in risky binge drinking. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put out alarming statistics and warnings about the dangers of drinking heavily for women. While men have traditionally been bigger drinkers, women are catching up. Hispanic women, in particular, are overlooked when it comes to studies and prevention aimed at drinking.