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A NOT SO HAPPY CHRISTMAS FOR SOME? ALCOHOL CONCERN DEMANDS MORE HELP FOR THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES AFFECTED BY ALCOHOL MISUSE

Alcohol is damaging the lives of hundreds of thousands of families throughout the UK. The government estimates that up to 1.3 million children have parents with alcohol problems. This can be a source of misery for children and other relatives affected, says a new paper by the national agency, Alcohol Concern.

ALCOHOL CONCERN PRESS RELEASE

Tuesday 19th December 2006

A NOT SO HAPPY CHRISTMAS FOR SOME? ALCOHOL
CONCERN DEMANDS MORE HELP FOR THE HUNDREDS
OF THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES AFFECTED BY ALCOHOL
MISUSE

Alcohol is damaging the lives of hundreds of thousands of families throughout the UK. The government estimates that up to 1.3 million children have parents with alcohol problems. This can be a source of misery for children and other relatives affected, says a new paper by the national agency, Alcohol Concern. The consequences from alcohol problems for families include:

Parents with alcohol problems may become increasingly focused on drink, and as result may become less loving, caring, nurturing, consistent or predictable.
Marriages affected by alcohol problems are twice as likely to end in divorce.
Children can experience or witness physical, verbal and sexual abuse, and neglect. Alcohol plays a part in around a third to a quarter of known cases of child abuse.

Research carried out by Alcohol Concern reveals major gaps in the provision of services aimed at helping families work through alcohol-related problems. Though the Every Child Matters agenda denotes a Government commitment to the safeguarding and promotion of the welfare of children, the negative impact of alcohol on families is often overlooked. Additionally, alcohol treatment services have been found to often focus only on the problem drinker and not children.

The new position paper, entitled Alcohol and the Family calls for greater attention to be paid to those children affected by parental alcohol misuse. In essence, it advocates a whole family approach including programmes aimed not only at helping affected children build resilience, but also improving the parenting skills of parents whose drinking may have gotten in the way of putting their children needs first.

Pat Ridpath, speaking from the Camden Family Alcohol Service, says:
There is a shortage of family services which can help children and families overcome the impact of adult drinking. Adult alcohol services are not able to meet the needs of the wider family-especially children. Many of the families using our service have said they feel they have benefited from the focus on family strengths and values.

Don Shenker, Alcohol Concern, Director of Policy and Services added:
Misusing alcohol is not just about the individual concerned. It can often have major implications for the well being of those close to the problem drinker. What we would like to see is a much more joined up approach on the ground. Primary Care Trusts and local authorities have a responsibility to pool expertise and resources in order to identify instances of harm as quickly as possible, and move in to provide appropriate support for the whole family.

Copies of Alcohol and the Family are available from the Alcohol Concern press office by calling 0207 395 4000.

Click here to see the whole docment
http://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/servlets/doc/1166
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