Cycle of Alcohol Abuse

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Risks of being raised by an alcoholic on children

Children in the United states being raised by parent(s) abusing the substance alcohol or alcoholics are at greater risk to experience or witness aggression, violence and several forms of neglect from their parent(s). They are at even greater risk to be come alcoholics and substance abuse addicts themselves. Being raised by someone addicted to or abusing alcohol also puts children at risk for emotional issues, depression and behavioral problems.

According to the NIDA ( National Institute Drug Alcohol), “approximately 8% of the nations eighth graders; 24% of tenth graders; and 32% of twelfth graders have been drunk in the last month. The National Association for Children of Alcoholics stated that “more than 28 million Americans are children of alcoholics; nearly 11 million under the age of 18.” These children are at greater risk for alcoholism and other drug abuse.

Substance abuse changes a family according to research from the U.S. psychpage there are increased risks for the following effects and changes.

Aggression, research shows that alcohol abuse can increase aggression especially in already aggressive individuals. This can lead to loss of control and impaired judgment, memory, and attention. Also increasing risks of violence and child abuse.

It also says that children of abusers often find themselves victims of neglect, with

regards to physical needs, emotional needs and cognitive.

According to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and SAMHSA’s National

Clearinghouse for Alcohol. Parental alcoholism may affect the fetus even before a child is born.

A pregnant woman who consumes alcohol during her pregnancy may give

birth to a baby with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). As a result, children with Fetal Alcohol

Syndrome have difficulties in learning, attention span, judgment, memory, problem-solving, and

frequently behavior problems. Parental alcoholism...
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