Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC)

Children of Alcoholics Week (February 14-20)

This international event helps provide resources and strategies for youth who have or are experiencing the difficulties associated with growing up in a home where one or both parents are alcoholics. The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoa) supports efforts that eliminate harmful effects and consequences that COA or Children of Alcoholics face. This is done by raising public awareness, providing leadership at the international, national, state and local levels, advocating for education and prevention services as well as advancing knowledge and understanding around the issue of COA.

According to the National Association for Children of Alcoholics website there are 28.6 million Americans who are children of alcoholics-11 million are under the age of 20. Some of the problems facing children of alcoholics include stress, depression, and embarrassment about their parents drinking, neglect and isolation. Children who grow up in these environments face issues such as building trust, maintaining healthy relationships and facing increased risks of physical and verbal abuse. Many of these children have trouble succeeding in school.

To discover ways that your community can reach out and help including ways to make donations, free posters and flyers for distribution and further information please visit the National Association for Children of Alcoholics website at: http://www.nacoa.org/help.htm.

By Courtney Stewart,   2/8/2010