Robert Kennedy Jr. believes drinking problems are in his family's genes.
"I feel in many ways that I was born alcoholic," the 43-year-old lawyer told CBS's "60 Minutes" in an interview to be aired Sunday.Kennedy, son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, said he has talked with his two young children about his highly publicized bouts with drinking and drugs.
"I talk to them about my own experience and they're all aware of that," he said. "I tell them it's in their genes . . . that it wasn't something I became and I don't know if the same is true for them or not."
Kennedy was a teenager when his father was assassinated in 1968. He was arrested in 1970 for marijuana possession and again in 1983 after nearly overdosing on heroin.
On the same show, Kennedy's brother, Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy, criticizes their brother, Michael, for an alleged sexual relationship with a baby sitter.
"I made it very clear to Michael that his actions can never be condoned but need to be condemned," Joseph Kennedy is quoted as telling the interviewer.
"It was just a horrific thing that was done," he said. The congressman had cited the alleged affair by his brother as one reason he dropped out of the race for governor of Massachusetts this year.
Also on the show are Max Kennedy, Christopher Kennedy, Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, all children of the late Robert Kennedy.
The six comprised the largest number of third-generation members of the political dynasty ever gathered for a television interview.
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., is also on the show.