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August 1986

Children of Alcoholics

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Health and Human Services, Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration, Rockville, Md (Dr Macdonald), and the Alcoholism and Compulsive Gambling Programs, South Oaks Hospital, Amityville, NY (Dr Blume).

Am J Dis Child. 1986;140(8):750-754. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140220032025

• One of every eight American children is the child of a parent who has a past or present drinking problem. Children of alcoholic parents are at great risk. They are significantly more likely to develop addiction problems and a variety of mental health disorders. They live in homes with high levels of stress. Poor communication, permissiveness, undersocialization, neglect, and violence are common and can be truly devastating. Because of the stigma and denial associated with chemical dependency, these children often suffer in silence, unidentified and unassisted.

(AJDC 1986;140:750-754)

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