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Children scared by adult drinking

6th July 2010

According to a survey carried out by Childwise for BBC Newsround, one third of children say they feel "scared" when their parents drink too much.


50% of the 1,234 children polled - aged between 10 and 14 - said they had witnessed their parents' intoxication.

Almost half said their parents' drinking did not worry them, although 16% said adults "became angry and aggressive" after drinking.

One third of the children polled said they were frightened around drunk people.

80% of children said they had observed a difference in adults' behaviour as a result of them drinking.

However another fifth said adults became "happy and funny". The survey found that six in 10 children said they would drink when they grew up.

Childwise research director Rosemary Duff stated that the third of children who were frightened by adults drinking represented a "sizeable minority".

"Each generation takes the cues from their parents, and if their parents are drinking more it makes it easier for them to drink more." she said.

She added that it was worrying that almost 50% of children were "not bothered" by drunken behaviour.

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Article Information

Title: Children scared by adult drinking
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 15393
Date Added: 6th Jul 2010


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