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Report highlights the cost of alcohol misuse on family life

4Children believes that parents are oblivious to the harm caused by drinking

In a new report, 'Over the Limit: The Truth about Families and Alcohol', national charity 4Children warns of a silent epidemic of alcohol misuse by British families. The report warns that too many parents remain oblivious to the negative effects that alcohol can have on their parenting.  19% believe alcohol has a positive effect on their parenting ability and 62% of parents say that their drinking behaviour has no impact on their family at all. Over the Limit says it does.

Over the Limit: The Truth about Families and Alcohol says that drinking has a stark impact in family crisis and demands better support and information for families to turn around their dependency and prevent chronic problems from taking root.

Over the Limit states that:

The report warns of the stark reality of life for families where drinking has reached hazardous levels and is calling for a series of wide ranging reforms including a commitment from the alcohol industry to recognise their responsibility to the wellbeing of consumers by diverting 1% of revenue to fund a new alcohol awareness campaign aimed at families.

Research from the report reveals that:

Anne Longfield OBE, 4Children Chief Executive said:

"This report demands that we think again about our relationship with alcohol for our families' sake. The statistics speak for themselves with consumption of alcohol known to be a major factor in family crisis – from domestic abuse and family conflict to a breakdown in family relationships and the ability to parent.

"It is no use waiting for alcohol and drugs to take their grip on families and only intervene when a child protection case is called. We need to see a greater focus on families within wider strategies around addiction.

"Addiction and the subsequent breakdown in many families is the end of a story that often starts with so called 'normal' use. With proper warnings to parents and better awareness of the impact that alcohol can have, we can avoid the crises that addiction can cause."

The report can be read here.