Members of Alcoholics Anonymous, guided by the literature published by AAWS at the Interchurch Center in New York and The Hazelden Foundation in Minnesota often claim that Alcoholism can be inherited through a persons DNA gene sequence. Simply put, they often claim that you can be an alcoholic because your parents or relatives were. Hazelden is the main researcher for this Spiritual Malady Gene sequence and is feverishly searching for a way to detect alcoholics so they can be put into treatment as quickly as possible, maybe even at birth. What are the possible problems if they claim to have found a gene(s) that identifies inherited alcoholism?
The problems arising from identifying the alcoholic gene are many, because it depends what is done with this information. It is already blatantly clear that if you are classified by the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) as an Alcohol Dependent User, that this information is often "leaked" to employers, insurance companies, DMV Departments, court systems and Police Departments causing various problems. While it is true that the US claims to protect this information under CFR42, upon analysis what CFR42 really does is have you sign releases to the various agencies already mentioned and they have this on file.
What are the problems that could happen if an Alcoholic Gene is discovered and this information is used incorrectly?
1. Automatic enrollment at Birth in Alcoholics Anonymous.
2. Mandatory gene testing of all of the population.
3. The preventing of two Alcoholics having children (to prevent an Alcoholic Child)
4. Automatic higher health, life or car insurance for the rest of your life.
5. Elimination from the possibility of some jobs. (Government, DOT, AEC, etc...)