5 Million Parents Have Alcohol Problems
recently released new data that show nearly 5 million alcohol-dependent
or alcohol-abusing parents have at least one child living at home
with them. According to the report, these parents are more likely
than other parents to smoke cigarettes, use illicit drugs, and report
Data from SAMHSA's 2002 National Survey on Drug Use and Health
(NSDUH), formerly the National Household Survey on Drug Use, show
that the 5 million parents with alcohol problems who have children
under age 18 at home account for more than 25 percent of all adults
with alcohol problems.
The data also reveal a connection between alcohol misuse and the
use of illicit drugs. According to the survey, more than 35 percent of parents with past-year alcohol dependence or abuse
also used illicit drugs in the past year. In comparison, only 11
percent of parents without alcohol problems used illicit drugs.
"There is good news," said SAMHSA Administrator Charles
G. Curie M.A., A.C.S.W. "Children of alcoholic parents can
be helped to build on their strengths and develop resilience to
overcome their difficulties."
SAMHSA partnered with the National Association for Children of
Alcoholics to develop and distribute materials to community organizations.
A Children's Program Kit is available. (See
SAMHSA News, Volume XI, Number 2.)
The report, Alcohol Dependence or Abuse Among Parents with
Children Living in the Home, is based on interviews with 68,126
respondents in their homes. For a print copy of the report or the
Children's Program Kit, contact SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse
for Alcohol and Drug Information at P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD
20847-2345. Telephone: 1 (800) 729-6686 (English and Spanish) or
1 (800) 487-4889 (TDD). The report can also be downloaded from the
Web site at www.oas.samhsa.gov.
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