Alcohol poisoning itself is a toxic overdose event and does not run in families. However, the addictive tendencies linked with binge drinking and heavy alcohol consumption may be more common in people with a family history of addiction. If someone with this type of family background has been treated for alcohol poisoning, follow-up care is recommended. A counselor can help the person evaluate potential addiction issues and identify alcoholism. If necessary, rehabilitative care can be arranged to treat the addiction issues.
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Elif Oker, MD, Emergency Medicine, answered
Alcohol poisioning does not run in families. Alcohol poisoning is an overdose of alcohol. Alcoholism is an addiction that tends to run in families. But not all alcoholics have a family history of alcoholism.
A person who drinks alcohol in an amount that results in alcohol poisioning should be screened for alcoholism.