Ex-minister, Liam Byrne has called for more to be done to help children whose parents are classed as ‘hazardous drinkers’.
After speaking about his own experiences as a child, the Labour MP has urged that more needs to be done to tackle the taboo subject and help families whose lives are being damaged by alcohol abuse.
“Children of alcoholics are three times more likely to become alcoholics themselves and that was the same for my dad - he was the child of an alcoholic. If we are to break this cycle, I think we have to break the silence about the damage that it’s doing to children and to our country.”
He is calling for a major public health information campaign to make parents aware of the damage they’re doing to their children and also suggests that dependents are put in touch with professionals who can give them the proper care, advice and attention that they need.
Children’s Minister, Edward Timpson has praised Byrne for his comments and has also emphasised that social workers and teachers need to be better equipped to deal with alcohol-related distress. He also said that the public sector needs to be more consistent in its approach to ensure that families who feel unsupported and children who feel lonely no longer have to deal with that as a feature in their lives.
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