Alcoholism is a family disease. The alcoholic affect the economic conditions of the family. It is miserable that some children have to live with a parent who drinks. It may perhaps affect and challenge the child’s life. They might be afraid because they think that their parents are going to fight or their parents might abuse or neglect them. Children of alcoholics may feel guilty and might think it is their responsibility that their parents are alcoholics. The child may feel angry since they don’t have parent who are going to help, support or be there for them. They will also feel unloved, and depressed. They learn to avoid upsetting the alcoholic parent or avoid being held responsible for their parents drinking.
Alcoholic parents set a bad example for children, who themselves are at risk for becoming alcoholics. They possibly will run away from home, or hurt themselves. Children of alcoholic parents suffer painful of personal shame and embarrassment because as children they often blame themselves. Their confidence or faith is damaged and that damage carries over and can negatively affect every aspect of their adult life. They often experience anger and a sense of loss about the childhood they never had.
Children should know that they are not responsible for their parent’s alcoholism. People should to be living examples of responsible drinking behavior. If parents abuse alcohol, they cannot expect their children not to follow their example, and begin to drink. Parents need to get help and stop drinking to raise their children to avoid alcohol problems. Children are part of their life and future and they deserve nothing less.