Science of alcohol addiction
April 5, 2010 1:36 PM Subscribe
Two questions about a theory of alcoholism: Irreversible change at the cellular level.
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Here’s the theory:
At a certain point in the drinking life, a physical change can occur at the cellular level: Namely, the presence of alcohol itself begins to trigger a physical need in the cell — a need for more alcohol. (Explaining why the first drink becomes the trigger for the second, and so on.) If this physical change occurs, it is irreversible, and the person is an alcoholic; if it has not, alcoholism hasn’t yet developed. Presumably, why the cells of some people change in this way sooner than cells in other people has a strong basis in genetics.
2 separate questions: 1) Is this theory widely respected among creditable experts? 2) Is it true?