- It was determined that approximately 1 in 4 children in the US is exposed to alcohol abuse and/or dependence in the family at some point before age 18.
- Children are at greater risk for having emotional problems than children whose parents are not alcoholics.
- Alcoholism runs in families, and children of alcoholics are four times more likely than other children to become alcoholics.
- Most children of alcoholics have experienced some form of neglect or abuse.
- Some children of alcoholics may act like responsible "parents" within the family and among friends. They may cope with the alcoholism by becoming controlled, successful "overachievers" throughout school, and at the same time be emotionally isolated from other children and teachers. Their emotional problems may show only when they become adults.
- It is estimated hundreds of thousands of children of alchoholics are physically abused each year by a parent or close relative.
- Children raised in alcoholic families have different life experiences than children raised in non-alcoholic families.
- Children's alcohol expectancies reflect recognition of alcohol-related norms and a cognizance of parental drinking patterns by a very early age.
- Children's perceptions of parental drinking quantity and circumstances appear to influence their own drinking frequency.
- Almost one-third of any sample of alcoholics has at least one parent who also was or is an alcoholic.
- After drinking alcohol, sons of alcoholics experience more of the physiological changes associated with pleasurable effects compared with sons of non-alcoholics, although only immediately after drinking.
I am a statistic
This is my life
How do I prevent my children from becoming a statistic?