Having a relative who has alcohol problems does not mean you will have the same problems, but it may increase your chances of developing them.
If you come from a family with a history of alcohol or other dependence problems, you should be particularly careful about your drinking decisions. Deciding not to drink may be right for you. If you decide to drink, make sure you are able to control your drinking. If your drinking is part of a healthy and positive lifestyle, no problem. If you think you are having issues with your drinking, contact your healthcare provider to discuss.