The first ever manifesto for children of alcoholics

by Liam Byrne | 14.02.17 | in: COA

Today sees the launch of the first ever manifesto for children of alcoholics at the House of Commons.

The hard-hitting manifesto, published to coincide with International Children of Alcoholics Week, sets out a 10-point plan to help Britain’s 2.6 million innocent victims of drink – the children of hard-drinking parents.

It is co-written by children of alcoholics, policy makers and experts from charities, interest groups and medicine. It demands that the Government do the following:

    1. Take responsibility for children of alcoholics
    2. Create a national strategy for COAs
    3. Properly fund local support for COAs
    4. Increase availability of support for families battling addiction to alcohol
    5. Boost education and awareness for children
    6. Boost education and training for those with a responsibility for children
    7. Develop a plan to change public attitudes
    8. Revise the national strategy to tackle alcoholism to focus on price and availability
    9. Curtail the promotion of alcohol – especially to children
    10. Take responsibility for reducing rates of alcoholism

You can download a copy of the manifesto here.

For help and advice, visit the National Association of Children of Alcoholics at www.nacoa.org.uk or call NACOA’s free, confidential helpline on 0800 358 3456.

 

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Comments

  • I just wanted to say I was blown away to hear MP Liam Byrne and Josh Connelly on BBC Breakfast this morning. I am 43yrs old and grew up with alcoholism in the family. I am currently off work with “stress related anxiety” and am receiving counselling which is discovering the feelings of loneliness, no where to turn, keeping the secret, together with other emotional damage. All my life I thought I’d coped with my past until the feelings started to manifest in other areas of my life. I think this new manifesto is an amazing route to providing support & education for children living in families where alcoholism is there. Reading the manifesto, I totally agree that support for the whole family is so important too. People drink for reasons only known to them and are often totally unaware of the long term impacts it can have on a person. I really hope future strategies include the most sustainable forms of support and that this is not just a “current” topic that will fade into the archives.

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