CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS
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Children of Alcoholics
When children grow up in a household with a substance-abusing parent, they can develop problems that last a lifetime. They are at risk for depression and anxiety, often lack social and other skills and are more likely to develop substance abuse problems than children who don't have a drug-dependent parent.
Children of substance abusers may also feel isolated, embarrassed or afraid to bring friends home. Experts say these kids need caring adults to help them, maybe just to talk, to let them know they're not being disloyal to their families by talking. Trusted adults, (such as relatives, friends, teachers, coaches or school nurses) can help children of substance abusers feel less alone and unloved and confused by their parent's actions. These caring adults can help kids learn that their parent's drug use is not their fault, they can't cure it or make it better.
Five Million Parents Have Alcohol Problems (SAMHSA). Children at Higher Risk for Developing Problems. A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that almost 5 million alcohol-dependent or alcohol-abusing parents have at least one child living at home with them. These parents were more likely to smoke cigarettes, use illicit drugs and report household turbulence than other parents.
The data consistently show that parents who misuse alcohol are
more likely to also use illicit drugs. The data indicate that over 35
percent of parents with past year alcohol dependence or abuse used
illicit drugs in the past year, compared with only 11 percent of
parents without alcohol problems.
Sorensen, H. J.; Manzardo, A. M.; Knop, J.; Penick, E. C.; Madarasz, W.; Nickel, E. J.; Becker, U.; Mortensen, E. L.; "The contribution of parental alcohol use disorders and other psychiatric illness to the risk of alcohol use disorders in the offspring", ALCOHOLISM: CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH (2011), 35 (7):1315-1320. This study involved 7177 Danish parents born in Copenhagen between October 1959 and December 1961. This Danish study is one of the first longitudinal population studies conducted over multiple generations. The study found that the link between parental alcoholism and alcohol use disorders among offspring exists independent of other factors including generations, parental social status and parental psychiatric hospitalization for other diagnoses. Parental AUD (alcohol use disorders) was associated with an increased risk of offspring AUD independent of other significant predictors, such as gender, parental social status, and parental psychiatric hospitalization with other diagnoses. Furthermore, this association appeared to be stronger among female than male offspring. The results suggest that inherited factors related to alcoholism are at least as important in determining the risk of alcoholism among daughters as among sons.