A campaign will launch in Dudley borough to highlight the hidden affect parental alcohol use has on children.
Produced by safe & sound, Dudley’s community safety partnership, it highlights that children can easily become the victims of their parent’s alcohol use and aims to encourage people to seek help if they have a drink problem.
It is estimated that over 1.5 million people in England and Wales are alcohol dependant but many more misuse alcohol and 30 per cent of children under 16 years live with at least one parent who is a binge drinker.
Children are affected in many ways by parental alcohol use, yet it is a problem families can remain silent about for a long time. This may be because young people become protective of their parents and have taken on caring responsibilities for them and siblings.
Councillor Judy Foster, cabinet member responsible for community safety, said:
“We want to ensure both children and parents are encouraged to seek help and support if alcohol has become a problem in their family.
“We understand this isn’t an easy issue to tackle, but it’s important that where possible through early intervention children and their parents are given the support they need to make a real change in their lives.”
Councillor Zafar Islam, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said:
“For most people enjoying a drink is something they think they have under control and for others it becomes a way of coping with a situation. Over time this can get out of control and can lead to becoming dependant, but with the help of trained practitioners at Aquarius, help is at hand for people in Dudley.
“Children shouldn’t be the ones to suffer because of their parent’s alcohol use. Raising awareness of the help and support that’s available is really important and will hopefully encourage people to lead a healthier and happier family life.”
Anyone in Dudley borough who needs help to address a drinking habit or if someone in their family needs support they can contact Aquarius in confidence on 03000 280 180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Young people who are worried about someone else’s drinking can call child line on 0800 11 11.