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New Statistics Report from SAMHSA: Children of Alcoholics

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A new report* from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) on children of alcoholics shows that 7.5 million children in the past year under the age of 18 have lived with a parent who abuses Alcohol. According to this study, an estimated 6.1 million of these children live with two parents; either one or both are abusing alcohol. The 1.4 million of those children, who remain, live with a single-parent who abuses alcohol. 1.1 million of these children lived with a single mother and  0.3 million children lived with a single father.

Children of Alcoholics

“The enormity of this public health problem goes well beyond these tragic numbers as studies have shown that the children of alcoholics are at far greater risk for developing alcohol and other problems later in their lives,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde. “SAMHSA and others are promoting programs that can help those with alcohol disorders find recovery – not only for themselves, but for the sake of their children. SAMHSA is also playing a key role in national efforts to prevent underage drinking and other forms of alcohol abuse.”

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There are many addiction treatment programs across the United States that specialize in treating alcohol and drug abuse. With numbers like these, it’s important that we all remain active in helping others, whether for ourselves or for loved ones.

There are many parents who want to recover for themselves and for their kids, but don’t know where to start. There is hope and options for those seeking treatment for alcoholism, and also for children of alcoholics. If you or someone you know needs help, please contact our free National Help line today for Information & Referrals at 1-800-861-1768, our lines are always open.

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