Children of alcoholics
All children of alcoholics are affected by their parents’ drinking. Problems can develop such as: withdrawal, crying, illness, sexual abuse, aggression, delinquency, and drug and alcohol abuse. Academic performance deteriorates, and there could be problems with anti-social behaviour, school environment problems, etc.
Alcoholism is a family illness and years of living with an alcoholic are almost sure to make any wife [husband/partner] or child neurotic.
CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS: ARE THEY DIFFERENT?
Within the US, an estimated 6.6 million children under the age of 18 years live in households with at least one alcoholic parent (1). Current research findings suggest that these children are at risk for a range of cognitive, emotional, and behavioural problems. In addition, genetic studies indicate that alcoholism tends to run in families and that a genetic vulnerability for alcoholism exists (2,3,4).