youngsters are adversely affected by their parents' alcohol misuse, says the
new figures showed by the Scottish Government. The review given by Children 1st,
one of Scotland's leading child welfare charities, adds that children are
potentially at the risks of emotional psychological and verbal abuse due to
their parents' "problematic use" use of alcohol.
charity is urging people to take more responsibility through 'Wish I Wasn't
here Campaign' to protect their children. The aim of this initiative is to
highlight the impact of alcohol-fuelled violence on children by featuring
postcards from the children who remember their holidays for all wrong reasons.
The campaign was launched earlier this summer and hence ParentLine Scotland has
taken around 25 calls from those people who are concerned that children may be subject to abuse, violence and emotional conflict as a direct result
of their parents' drinking habits.
Houston, Chief Executive of Children 1st
says that from their works
with children to help them recover from physical and emotional trauma fuelled
by alcohol misuse, they know that it impacts the children for many years and
they suffer from some depression, anxiety and low-esteem. She adds that too
many children are missing their childhood due to their parents alcohol misuse
and it's everybody's responsibility to stop this from happening.
postcard written by a young girl Hayley, she tells how a day out to a bowling alley was ruined when her father got drunk, caused a fight and
the family were asked to leave that place.
Biagi, MSP for Edinburgh Central and a member of the Education and Sport
Committee, pledged his support to this thoughtful initiative. He says that it has
been known for some time that children often bear the brunt of such shameful
attitude to alcohol but the figures show the intensity of the problem. He adds
that campaigners like Children 1st
remind just why addressing
alcohol consumption and its impact on children in necessary and important.
Scottish Government has made tackling this problem as their major source of
concern with the changes in licensing, greater support to the health of problem
drinkers and by introducing a minimum price for alcohol. It is believed that
these steps provide a real chance of helping those children at the risk of
parental consumption and ensuring children get the best possible start in their