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Ten Reasons How Children of Alcoholics are Affected

October 23, 2011  by: Paulose  Points: 25   Category: Health    Views: 373

Alcohol is dangerous. It starts in parties which have become a sort of fashion these days. Slowly it becomes an addiction. Many parents do not realize that alcoholism affects their children physically, mentally and spiritually.


Holiday season has started in the west. The long season of holidays start with Halloween, followed by Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year. Partying and fun making fills the air with activities of pleasure. Nowadays drinking in parties has become a fashion not only in the west but also in eastern countries like India. A few days back, 133 persons in a small South Indian village, who drank spurious toddy on a festival day, died on the spot, leaving the whole village and the State in tears.

Alcoholism is a disease. It affects children in so many ways. It affects the children and family members even worse than the addicted parents. It affects all those who are in close contact with them.

Ten Reasons How the Children of Alcoholics Affected

1) Children are abused

The first victims of alcoholism are the children. They are abused badly. Children who have no voice often feel brunt of domestic volatile situations. Most of the times, they become the scapegoats. They are brutally attacked. Statistics say that alcoholism of parents lead to juvenile delinquencies and these children turn into criminals.

2) Children escape from home

When a parent is an active alcoholic, children who had seen the consequences try to escape from the scene to avoid brutal treatments. Who can bear with parents who can not even give them food?

3) Health affected

Scarcity of food affects the health of the children. When the parent is in a boozy condition, who would care about the sick children?

4) Sleepless nights

Children lose sleep because of constant quarrels and shouting that go on throughout the night. Children growing like this become nuisance to the society.

5) Children affected physically and psychologically

Alcoholism of parents affects the children physically and psychologically. They are physically beaten and tortured. They are psychologically abused. They are starved not only of food but also of affection.

6) Even in the womb

If a parent is alcoholic before the conception of a child, it affects the child in many ways. When a mom drinks alcohol, it is passed on to the growing baby through the placenta and it is really harmful.

7) Abnormal delivery

Would-be moms do not realize that their drinking will affect the child as alcohol quickly is absorbed into their blood. A woman who drinks alcohol during pregnancy risks giving birth to an abnormal child with fetal alcohol syndrome.

8) Growth deficiency

Alcohol is one of the reasons for children born deficient in growth. Most of these fetal alcohol children weigh less and are shorter than normal babies. They struggle to grow even after their birth.

9) Diseases after birth

Ingestion of alcohol affects mom's body hormone oxytocin which governs the secretion of breast milk. Researches state that the drinking habit among would-be moms makes babies prone to sleep-related disorders, stress, hyperactivity and immunity problems. The whole life after they are born becomes a great question of survival.

10) Learning disabilities

Alcohol abuse during pregnancy has long been known to be responsible for mental and physical health problems among the children born thereof. They may develop learning disabilities as they grow up.



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