Millions of Children at Risk for Alcohol Abuse from Alcoholic Parents
One in four children less than eighteen years of age suffers from living with an active alcoholic parent! According to a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration news report, 7.5 million children under 18 years of age lived with a parent struggling with alcohol abuse or dependence.
The list of harms suffered by these children include: abuse (emotional, verbal, physical, and sexual) as well as neglect (physical and/or emotional). Many of these children will be witness to domestic violence perpetrated upon other family members. These risk factors lead to an increased risk of development of unhealthy behaviors, as well as to social, emotional, and cognitive impairments, re-victimization, diseases such as heart disease, chronic lung disease, suicide, disability and premature mortality.
Adverse Childhood Experiences have a strong influence on:
- Adolescent health
- Teen pregnancy
- Alcohol abuse
- Illicit drug abuse
- Sexual behavior
- Mental health
- Stability of relationships
- Performance in the workforce
6.1 million children lived with two parents with either one or both parents experiencing an alcohol problem. “The enormity of this public health problem goes well beyond these tragic numbers as studies have shown that the children of parents with untreated alcohol disorders are at far greater risk for developing alcohol and other problems later in their lives,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde.
Alcoholism and/or drug addiction are considered a family disease. If you have a problem with alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence you not only place your own life, health, career and financial security at risk but those of the members of your family—especially the lives of your children.
Alcohol detox followed by a comprehensive alcohol rehab program can save your life and the lives of your children. If you think no one is hurt by your drinking, think again! The problem surrounding your alcohol abuse is real, painful, and debilitating. Take steps now and avoid your children becoming another statistic.
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