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:
- Take responsibility for children of alcoholics
- Create a national strategy for COAs
- Properly fund local support for COAs
- Increase availability of support for families battling addiction to alcohol
- Boost education and awareness for children
- Boost education and training for those with a responsibility for children
- Develop a plan to change public attitudes
- Revise the national strategy to tackle alcoholism to focus on price and availability
- Curtail the promotion of alcohol – especially to children
- 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.