Most everything we do becomes a habit; from the morning coffee and doughnut, or smoothie and apple, to the daily soda pop, or alcohol, we consume. The food we eat, or don't eat, all habits...deeply ingrained in us.
Deciding to not become a victim of habitual behavior is the best disease prevention. After years of sugar consumption, whether in beer and alcohol, or in candy, pasta, and pop; it's almost predictable you will become diseased. Conditions caused by excess, get labeled diseases, and Whala! the medical community can now cure you of it, or kill you trying. In order to treat it, it must have a name; something other than 'excess', 'gluttony', and 'bad lifestyle choices'.
Many 'opinions' are saying alcoholism is genetic, but it's more an environmental and social habit we learn. If a child gets his dad or mom a beer all of his young life, it stands to reason he'll get his own beer when he can! If a kid goes to the bar with his parents, he learns about the bar life. If drinking alcohol is all you know and is the norm for your family, it takes a very strong personal will to choose not to be a drinker. If your raised on hot Cheetos and kool-aid, you will most likely turn your nose up at an apple! Unless, somewhere along your path, someone offers you an apple...and you like it.
Having the will and intelligence, the introspection, to choose a new path; to take responsibility for your own actions, and to cast the blame on your own shoulders is the first step to beating the habits.
You may come from a long line of alcoholics, but if you want to change your life path, and the direction your family continues on, don't follow the example. It's not in your Genes! It's a cultural habit, a lifestyle choice, an environmental hurdle thrown in your way; and you must choose to jump over it and navigate away from it.
Food choices have the same habitual and ritual, manifestations in our lives; to the point of our demise! You can literally see the healthy glow some folks have; usually the vegetable eaters! and the unhealthy progression of poor diet and alcoholism; in someone you may know or love. It's habit! Knowing it's a habit worth breaking and getting control of, is the 1st step in changing the behavior and possibly saving your life; and certainly helping your kids have a better life. Just because you've always had bacon for breakfast, doesn't mean it's the only choice; and ditto for the doughnuts! Moderation and self control.
Each person has to choose his own path. If you choose to over eat, you'll get fat; if you choose to drink alcoholic beverages excessively you will become an alcoholic and probably get diabetes too. It's fact. Indisputable. If you drive drunk, there's consequences. When you get obese, there's consequences.
Making the best choices for the best outcomes is a good general rule. To avoid sickness you wash your hands and avoid exposure to germs. Simple but effective! For better health you avoid the bad stuff and increase the good stuff; and if you have kids...it's essential to help break the habit now, that will become a lifestyle later.