January 2011

Anger Gene May Be Isolated

I’ve heard over and over again that alcoholism is hereditary. That’s why I vowed to never drink a drop as a teenager. I said to anyone who’d listen that there would be 7-Up at my wedding, and anyone who didn’t like it could just shove it.

I was a charming teenager.

See, my grandparents were both alcoholics; in fact, my grandfather died from his alcoholism (cirrhosis of the liver). Thankfully my grandmother stopped drinking after he died, though she unfortunately perished due to her other vice, which caused her to get lung cancer. Several of my other relatives have also been alcoholics, and it’s either sickened or scared me enough to know I don’t want to be one.