Children More Concerned About Parents’ Alcohol Dependence

by Kathy Jones on  August 14, 2010 at 10:49 PM Alcohol & Drug Abuse News   - G J E 4
A helpline for children has revealed that it gets more than a 100 calls each week from worried and scared children talking about their parents' drinking or drugs problem.
 Children More Concerned About Parents’ Alcohol Dependence
Children More Concerned About Parents’ Alcohol Dependence

ChildLine, a free 24-hour helpline created by National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), said that it had received more than 5,700 calls last year with a majority of the calls asking for advice in dealing with alcohol and drug use while physical and sexual abuse also being a common theme.

The helpline revealed that one of the callers, a 10-year old girl, admitted that her mother often left her alone and hit her when she tried to get her mother sleep on the bed after a drinking spree.

While NSPCC said that children were struggling hard to cope with their family problems, a majority of the callers were asking for advice on how to help their parents leave their drinking habits.

"The fallout from parental drug and alcohol abuse is a ticking timebomb in many children's lives. It's vital these children are helped before lasting damage occurs", the head of ChildLine, Sue Minto said.

Source: Medindia

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