This morning I mentioned new research by Alcohol Action Ireland which found that more than 71,000 people in Ireland say they have often felt afraid as a result of parental drinking.  Having had personal experience of this fear I felt it was important to point out that if you are in that situation that a) it’s not forever…your parent may deal with their drinking and come out the other side a different person and also eventually you’ll be an adult and in control of your own sitation,  and b)  there is support for you if you want it.

Al-Anon and Alateen are organisations where you can go and meet with people in similar situations.  You can talk about your feelings, and experiences to people who will understand.  Growing up with a parent with an alcohol problem can be excruciatingly painful, but it’s easier if you have support.  Visit:

Don’t forget you’re not alone.  71,000 is a lot of people.


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