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Addiction and Substance Abuse

In all cases?

05/12/2008

Question:

If a man is an alcholic/coke addict, and a woman gets pregnant w/that man....will the child in all cases be addicted also? Or, is that only sometimes?

Answer:

The answer is only sometimes, as genetics is not a single gene phenomenon. Environment also plays a role.

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Response by:

Edna M Jones, MD, MRO Edna M Jones, MD, MRO
Emeritus Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University