Family and Children
Whilst million of families within the EU are affected by the problem it is difficult to find an accurate assessment of its size. Perceptions on alcohol problems vary from culture to culture and, among those affected, it can often take the ‘character of a shameful secret’. It is being estimated that 23 million people in the EU are dependent on alcohol, which consequently results in 9 million children and young people in the EU living with at least one parent addicted to alcohol. Many of these children are raised in families with alcohol addiction and are exposed to risk behaviour of their parents. Two thirds of the reported victims of domestic violence had been attacked by a person using alcohol, and 16% of cases of child abuse and neglect involve alcohol. Children living with families affected by alcohol related harm tend to have lower school attendance and worse health.
A joint project of EUROCARE and COFACE (Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union). We are grateful to European Commission Directorate General V for financial support of the project.
Over 120 people attended the Lunch Seminar organised by Eurocare in the European Parliament to discuss the harm to others as "The Cost of Alcohol: Passive drinking" on Tuesday 2nd February 2010.
- Anderson P, Baumberg B (2006) Alcohol in Europe: a public health perspective. London Institute of Alcohol Studies
- Child Safety Report Cards 2012
The European Child Safety Alliance released their Child Safety Report Cards for 31 countries and a European Summary Report
Alcohol Action Ireland co-hosted the conference “A Family Affair? Supporting children living with parental substance abuse”.