2.5 million children live with alcoholic parents
February 16, 2017 3 comments
As many as 2.5 million children live with alcoholic parents in the UK, MPs and peers have claimed.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Children of Alcoholics insists that such youngsters are more likely to consider suicide, develop eating disorders or develop alcohol problems of their own. This week, the group launched a manifesto in the House of Commons in which they called for the government to better protect the “innocent victims of drink”. The number of children living in a house with an alcoholic is “Britain’s biggest secret scandal” the manifesto read.
Labour MP Liam Byrne is chair of the group. He said it was time for the UK to break the “cycle of alcoholism cascading down the generations”.
The All-Party group made ten demands of the government. These included the creation of a national strategy to deal with children of problem drinkers; an increase in the level of education available to young people on the subject; a reduction in the promotion of alcohol and the development of a plan to change public attitudes.
These proposals were supported by Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby. In the past he has talked publicly about the difficulties of living with an alcoholic parent. He described going through it as “one of the most disruptive experiences for any child and [it] leads frequently to longterm effects in one’s self-confidence”.
One thing he wished he had had during his difficult childhood was “the company of others who understood the issue” he explained.
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February 16, 2017
Categories: Family Life