The development of alcohol use disorders

Kenneth J. Sher, Emily R. Grekin, Natalie A. Williams

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Pathological alcohol use is a complex and costly problem. This chapter focuses on recent developments in the etiology of alcohol use disorders. Literature is reviewed from the fields of epidemiology, genetics, personality, neuropsychology, parenting, and social influences. In addition, theoretical models that describe pathways to the development of alcohol use disorders are presented. Particular emphasis is given to ways in which genetic, environmental, psychopharmacological, and personological literatures can inform one another.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)493-523
Number of pages31
JournalAnnual Review of Clinical Psychology
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Alcohol abuse
  • Alcohol dependence
  • Etiology
  • Genetics
  • Personality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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