Recent Turning Point research suggests that up to 1.3 million children in the UK live with parents who misuse alcohol.
The Government fully acknowledge that parental alcohol misuse can have serious consequences for children and young people. The Government are addressing parental alcohol misuse and the harm it causes through action by local children’s services within the “Every Child Matters” programme.
The Children Act 2004 places on Directors of Children’s Services responsibility to protect children and young people from significant harm, including from alcohol misusing parents.
The Government also encourage sensible drinking by adults through unit labelling and health messages.