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Children More Concerned About Parentsí Alcohol Dependence

by Kathy Jones on August 14, 2010 at 10:49 PM
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 Children More Concerned About Parentsí Alcohol Dependence

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.

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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