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Supporting Parents and Families impacted by alcohol and other drugs


Silent Voices

Statistics from silent voices which highlight the reality and challenges for so many families

  • Approximately 1 in 6 children in Ireland suffer the impact of alcohol related harms
  • Approximately 400,000 people in Ireland are adult children from alcohol impacted families
  • Approximately 200,000 children today living with trauma of alcohol related harms


Alcohol Action Report

No one in the study disclosed the alcohol use in their home during childhood for reasons such as not realising their experience was not normal and they would have not known who to trust or talk to. The study recommends schools to become 'trauma aware' as approx. 1 in 6 children experiencing alcohol problems in the home.

Hidden harm

Hidden harm practice guide


Hidden harm: Opening our eyes informational leaflet


Parental Substance Misuse: Addressing its Impact on Children - Key messages and recommendations from a review of the literature. National Advisory Committee on Drugs (Oct 2011)

http://www.drugsandalcohol.ie/16115/1 /NACD_parental_substance_misuse_ impact_children_Key _messages.pdf

Parental Substance Misuse: Addressing its Impact on Children - A Review of the Literature. National Advisory Committee on Drugs (Oct 2011)


Hidden Realities: Children's Exposure to Risks from Parental Drinking in Ireland Hope, A. (2011). North West Alcohol Forum Ltd

http://www.drugs.ie/resourcesfi les/rese arch/2011/NWAF _Realities_Report.pdf

A Family Affair? Supporting children living with parental substance misuse - report of a national conference held in October 2011

http://www.drugs.ie/resourcesfiles/Rese archDocs/lreland/2011/N_NACD_2011 Pa rentalSubMisuseConfFinalReport.pdf

National Children's Consultation Report 2010: "If They're Getting Loaded Why Can't I?" The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

http://www.ispcc.ie/campaigns-lobbyin g/publications/if-they’re-getting-loadedwhy-cant-i/527







Talking to children and teenagers about alcohol/drugs

Alcohol and Drugs: A parent’s guide

Helping teenagers to cope with A Parent's Problem Drug or Alcohol Use


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