Alcoholism risk factors

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Risk factors for alcohol use disorder include cultural attitudes, genetic predisposition, and peer substance use.[1]

Risk Factors

  • Heavy drinking environment
  • Impulsivity
  • Personality characteristics[1]
  • Availability of alcohol
  • Cultural attitudes
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Personal experiences with alcohol
  • Peer substance use
  • Positive expectations of the effect of alcohol[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders : DSM-5. Washington, D.C: American Psychiatric Association. 2013. ISBN 0890425558.