Parents Who Drink
What Do You Tell a Child About a Parent's Addiction?
Answers to frequently asked questions about alcoholism and substance abuse.
Growing Up [!*!AP!*!]Alcoholically[!*!AP!*!]
Growing up in home with an active alcoholic can effect how a child looks at life and almost everything in it.
Effects of Parental Drinking
Scientific research continues to uncover ways in which children are effected by the drinking and behavior of their alcoholic parents.
Exposing the Children
More than one-fourth of all children in the United States are exposed to alcohol abuse or dependence in their families before they are 18.
Drinking Fathers Bad Influence on Teens
Teens who live with fathers who drink are more likely to drink alcohol, binge drink and use illicit drugs than teens whose fathers do not drink.
Prevention Efforts by Drinking Parents Can Backfire
Parents who drink, especially those with drinking problems, find it more difficult to influence their teens as their parental skills begin to deteriorate and the actions they do take can have unintended results.
Many Young Kids Get Alcohol at Home
A study of sixth, seventh and eighth graders suggests that if parents want to keep alcohol away from these 11-14 year old students the best place to start is at home.
How Alcohol Effects The World of a Child
How does drinking effect the world of a child? This brochure pulls together a range of statistics on alcohol use by kids and its impact on their health and well-being.
Movies Influence Youngsters' Preceptions About Alcohol
When pretending to shop for a social evening, children two to six years old were nearly four times as likely to choose cigarettes if their parents smoked and children who viewed PG-13- or R-rated movies were five times as likely to choose wine or beer, during a research experiment.
Most Teens Get Alcohol from Parents, Friends
A survey by the American Medical Association shows that underage youth obtain alcohol easily and often and many times the source of their alcohol is their own parents. Girls find alcohol more available that boys.
Early Exposure to Alcohol Increases Attractiveness
Research shows that infant rats are eager to accept high concentrations of alcohol upon first exposure, but adult rats generally reject alcohol upon first exposure.
When Mom or Dad Drinks Too Much
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.
Five Million Parents Have Alcohol Problems
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.