HERITABILITY OF ALCOHOLISM
Many adoptive and foster parents of children with FAS wonder if their child is at increased risk for development of alcoholism. While there is biochemical and molecular evidence that alcoholism may be inherited, environmental factors play a substantial role in determining the development and expression of alcoholism. Conflict or psychopathology in the adoptive family will increase the risk of adopted children of alcoholic birth parents will themselves become alcoholics.
Early, concrete and continuous education about alcohol use and decision making is recommended for children with FAS.