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Doctor: Genetics responsible for about 60 percent of center's alcoholics

It's the standard sitcom character: the alcoholic friend whose pratfalls signal the laugh track. But alcoholism is no laughing matter for those affected. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that alcohol-related disorders cut across gender, race and other demographic lines. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says that 17.6 million Americans — or about one in every 12 adults — abuse alcohol or are alcohol-dependent.