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Alcohol Use in the Family Destroys Children Alcoholism is a major problem in today's society. People use alcohol as a way to relax, have a good time, or to get away from all of their troubles. Many times, people don't even know they are developing a problem. What was once casual drinking, can easily turn into a daily routine. Alcoholics aren't just hurting themselves, alcohol use in a family can destroy the children.

If drinks, it doesn't necessarily mean that they will be a bad parent. They can still raise their child in a loving, safe environment. However, more than likely, excessive drinking can cause much more stress on a family. An estimated 6.6 million children under the age of 18 years live in households with at least one alcoholic parent. Children of alcoholics are at an increased risk of becoming an alcoholic later in life. So, by drinking more, parents are putting their own children at a risk of drinking.

Granted, children are capable of overcoming their environment. Just because parents may have been alcoholic doesn't mean that the child will be. On the other hand, these children are more likely to have lifelong psychological problems. Even if they choose not to be alcoholics, they still may have other types of disorders or problems as adults. The NIAAA states that most of the time problems include impaired self-esteem, problems with coping, higher levels of anxiety and depression, and problems building stable relationships. These children of alcoholics can have more problems than other people because they have to learn to take care of themselves more and didn't always receive as much love.

Not only does alcohol cause problems for children of alcoholics after they are grown up, but when they are very young. Such children are more susceptible to becoming...