Report: 7.5 Million Children Live With Parent With Alcohol Use Disorder

February 16, 2012 Updated Feb 16, 2012 at 3:32 PM EDT

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Report: 7.5 Million Children Live With Parent With Alcohol Use Disorder

February 16, 2012 Updated Feb 16, 2012 at 3:32 PM EDT

(SAMHSA news release) A new report shows 7.5 million children under age 18 (10.5 percent of this population) lived with a parent who has experienced an alcohol use disorder in the past year.

According to the report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 6.1 million of these children live with two parents — with either one or both parents experiencing an alcohol use disorder in the past year.

The remaining 1.4 million of these children live in a single-parent house with a parent who has experienced an alcohol use disorder in the past year. Of these children 1.1 million lived in a single mother household and 0.3 million lived in a single father household. This study is done in conjunction with Children of Alcoholics Week, February 12-18, 2012.

“The enormity of this public health problem goes well beyond these tragic numbers as studies have shown that the children of parents with untreated alcohol disorders are at far greater risk for developing alcohol and other problems later in their lives,” SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde said in the news release. “SAMHSA and others are promoting programs that can help those with alcohol disorders find recovery – not only for themselves, but for the sake of their children. SAMHSA is also playing a key role in national efforts to prevent underage drinking and other forms of alcohol abuse.”

Read the SAMHSA news release HERE.