1 in 10 U.S. Kids Lives With Parent Who Has Abused
THURSDAY, Feb. 16 (HealthDay News) -- About 7.5 million American
children under the age of 18 live with a parent who's struggled
with alcohol abuse over the past year, a new government report
That's equal to 10.5 percent of children across the country, say
researchers at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration (SAMHSA), which issued the report.
"The enormity of this public health problem goes well beyond these tragic numbers as studies have shown that the children of parents with untreated alcohol disorders are at far greater risk for developing alcohol and other problems later in their lives," SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde said in an agency news release.
According to the report, 6.1 million of children living with an
alcohol-abusing parent live in two-parent households, while the
remaining 1.4 million reside in single-parent homes where that
parent has struggled with alcohol over the past 12 months. About
1.1 million children living in a single-parent home live with a
mother; the remainder live with a father, the SAMHSA report
The report is based on data from SAMHSA's 2005-2010 National
Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual survey involving 65,000
people nationwide aged 12 and older.
Hyde said that help is available for people with drinking
problems, and her agency and other groups "are promoting programs
that can help those with alcohol disorders find recovery not only
for themselves, but for the sake of their children."
There's more on this issue at the
for Children of Alcoholics.
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