While most children have stresses in their lives, children who live with a parent who abuses alcohol have extra stress. Alcoholism is a disease that often tears families apart. Often, parents who abuse alcohol are emotionally or physically abusive to others in the family. Sometimes drunken parents get violent or they do embarrassing things in public.
Children of parents who abuse alcohol may:
If you know a child living in a home where there is alcohol abuse:
If you have a parent who abuses alcohol:
Alateen is a support group for people age 12 through 20. Alateen is a part of Al-Anon, a worldwide organization that helps people whose lives have been affected by someone's else's drinking. For more information, contact:
Get emergency care if you or a loved one has serious thoughts of suicide or self-harm, violence, or harming others.