EP 280

Reader Question – Why Isn’t Everyone Addicted?

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If alcohol is addictive, why doesn’t everyone become addicted to it? Who are these magical beings who can drink without becoming addicted? Or not drink at all? Is it genetic? Does it have something to do with their personality? Are some people just broken and others are not? And, what is the one thing we can point to when a relationship with alcohol pivots from being mostly in control to very much out of control?

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So why is it not everyone gets addicted? What makes some people different?

A study sheds light on one of the reasons why not everyone gets addicted. Rats were force fed alcohol (because they would never willingly drink it). 100% of the rats that were force fed alcohol became addicted. So what is different if we know alcohol is addictive? First, I believe that if we were all force fed alcohol daily that we’d all be addicted. Thus, the main difference is the pace at which we drink and our ability to exercise free will. Consequently, it’s that the potential for addiction is there.

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