Friday, February 17, 2012

1 in 10 U.S. Kids Lives With Parent Who Has Abused Alcohol: Report from

THURSDAY, Feb. 16 (HealthDay News) — About 7.5 million American children under the age of 18 live with a parent who’s struggled with alcohol abuse over the past year, a new government report finds.

That’s equal to 10.5 percent of children across the country, say researchers at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which issued the report.

“The enormity of this public health problem goes well beyond these tragic numbers as 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 Hyde said in an agency news release.

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