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Children Of Alcoholics Face Ongoing Struggle – Children Of Alcoholics Face Ongoing Struggle Charities warn about the catastrophic damage being done to children by parents who are addicted to drink. As Children of Alcoholics Week begins, campaigners are trying to raise awareness about the difficulties faced by youngsters who grow up in households with alcohol abuse issues. The National Association for Children of Alcoholics receives more than 4500 calls a year – many from under 18s who are struggling to cope. Their youngest ever caller was a five-year-old girl whose alcohol-dependent mother had committed suicide in the bathroom. Hilary Henriques, one of the founders of the charity, warns the recession has only made the situation worse with addicts drinking to cope with financial pressure and in turn struggling to fund their alcohol problem. She said: “Alcoholics who drink don’t choose to drink. Drink is how they get through the day.” Martin Williams is one of the alcoholic parents the charity has helped. He describes how his relationship with alcohol became more important than his relationship with his two children. “They stopped becoming the priority. The drink became the priority. And you try and juggle the two,” he said. Now though, he has been off the drink for more than three years and says his children are getting their dad back – an improved, sober version. Martin Williams Martin Williams says alcohol was once more important to him than his kids The most recent figures show around one-fifth of children are


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