When a parent drinks too much alcohol – what kids want to know (Guide)

This brochure will help prepare parents or social workers to take the first step in discussing alcohol problems with their child/children they work with.

It guides how to answer the following questions:

  • Why does my mom or dad drink so much?
  • What does it feel like to drink alcohol? How does it feel to be drunk?
  • Why am I so confused about how I feel? Why do I worry so much?
  • Why is the alcohol problem a secret?
  • Can my mom or dad stop drinking so much? Can people get better?
  • Is there anything I can do to make my mom or dad better?
  • Why do people drink so much when they know it will hurt them or others?
  • Whom can I talk to? Where can I go to for help? What do I do if I don’t feel safe?
  • When I grow up, will I have an alcohol problem too?
  • What can I do so that I don’t ever have an alcohol problem?

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