Regularly drinking alcohol, like smoking cigarettes or using drugs, changes the way a person feels, both mentally and physically. Some people enjoy these feelings and have a strong desire to repeat them. Some people do this without experiencing any major problems. However, for other people, their behaviour causes damaging physical and psychological effects, as their habit turns into an addiction.
One in five children in the UK live with a parent who drinks too much alcohol. The National Association for Children of Alcoholics' (Nacoa) website contains lots of useful information for children, young people, families and anyone concerned about a person who is drinking too much. You can find it at www.nacoa.org.uk
If you are a professional working with a child whose parent or carer misuses alcohol, you may find this guide from Nacoa useful: