Young People, Alcohol and Influences - Turning Point Comment

News item posted: 19 June 2017

Commenting on the study released today by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which says children who see their parents drunk are twice as likely to regularly get drunk themselves, Turning Point's spokesperson on substance misuse Harry Walker says:

"Turning Point welcomes this report, not least because within our services we are constantly seeing the effects of intergenerational alcohol misuse, as parent's alcohol problems are passed onto their children.  Our own research has shown that one in 11 children, often living in some of our poorer communities, are more likely to go on to have devastating alcohol and emotional problems because of parental alcohol misuse.  Without access to the appropriate support, it is inevitable that many of these children will start using alcohol or drugs themselves and committing crime.

"At the moment there is simply not enough help for children and families affected by alcohol misuse.  This is why Turning Point is calling for more specific services for children to help with emotional problems and to provide early interventions at the earliest possible stage; separate services for parents to help them with alcohol problems and to teach good parenting; and importantly, services that bring child and parent together to enable them to enjoy and sustain a decent family life.  Without such interventions, children are much more likely to grow up to be dependent drinkers themselves."