Many children have a secret. The secret is their parent abuses alcohol. 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:
Most communities have a youth organization called Alateen. Alateen is a part of Al-Anon. Al-Anon is worldwide organization that provides non-professional support to families and friends of alcoholics. For more information visit Al-Anon/Alateen on the Web at http://www.al-anon.alateen.org. For meeting information call 888-4AL-ANON or 888-425-2666.