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Alcohol misuse more damaging than drugs

12th September 2012

A report by the children's commissioner has said that more children are affected by parental alcohol abuse than their parents taking illegal drugs.

The report said 2.5 million children are parented by someone who is a "hazardous" drinker and 79,000 babies have a parent who is a "harmful" drinker. Maggie Atkinson, children’s commissioner for England, said: "We’re asking that the same amount of seriousness is applied to alcohol as it applied to other substances that can seriously damage your health, and leave your children not as parented as they ought to be. We seem as a society to have accepted we have to do something serious about other things that damage your health and lead to hospitalisation, such as smoking. Somehow we are less comfortable with taking the same very strong approach to alcohol." 

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