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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds INA KONING: As you have seen, there are several ways to refuse drinking if you don’t want to. However, when you start developing an addiction, other factors may come into play, such as genetic sensitivity. The chance to get addicted is partly heritable and related to your genes and the functioning of your brain. The one teenager becomes more easily dependent on alcohol and drugs than the other. I’m not saying that some teenagers can use a lot for a very long time without any harm, because that’s absolutely not true– in the end, almost everyone becomes an addict. but it does mean that, if you are unlucky, you may become addicted much faster than you might have thought.

Developing an addiction

In this video Ina Koning explains when alcohol use becomes a problem.

One person will get an addiction more easily than the next. That does not say that some people can drink large amounts of alcohol for a long time without any consequences. Eventually, almost everyone will become addicted.

Check out this animation, it illustrates nicely how an addiction develops and what the consequences are.

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