May 26, 2019  Last Update: November 27, 2017, 8:52 pm

Children of Alcoholics Week – 10% Live with Parent with Alcohol Problems

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Ten percent of children under 18 years old live with a parent who has had an alcohol use disorder in the past 12 months. Shocking!

A new report, Data Spotlight: Over 7 million Children Live with a Parent with Alcohol Problems, shows over 10% of children under the age of 18 live with a parent who has had an alcohol use disorder in the past year. Of those 7.5 million minors, 6.1 million lived with both parents, where one or both parents had an alcohol abuse disorder.

Single parent households with an alcohol abuse disorder made up the remaining 1.4 million children: 1.1 million children with a single mother and 0.3 with a single father.

This Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) study is based on data analyzed from SAMHSA’s 2005-10 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. It is an annual survey of about 67,500 people from all over the country aged 12 and older.

"The enormity of this public health problem goes well beyond these tragic numbers... 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 S. Hyde

There’s a resource for children with a parent who has an alcohol use disorder — ┬áThe National Association for Children of Alcoholics

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