Posted: 09 February 2020

Children of Alcoholics Week: how do these young people feel when their parents drink?

There are an estimated 920,000 children (under 18s) living with one or two alcohol-dependent parents in the UK today. 

Children of Alcoholics Week is a chance to think about these young people and how we can support them.

Listening to children with alcohol dependent parents

Our Community Hidden Harm Awareness Team (CHHAT) service, supported by Children of Alcoholic Parents Engagement (CAPE), works with young carers aged 8-19 years old who are affected by parental substance use (also known as Hidden Harm).

Four young people who received support from CHHAT decided to come together and create a booklet that 'will help parents understand how we feel when they are drinking them realise the effect that their drinking has on our relationship’. 

How do I feel when you drink?

The book contains illustrations, poems and heartfelt messages with each section covering a particular emotion that the young people feel living with substance-dependent parents. Navigate the booklet using the tool below. 

Support for children of alcohol dependent parents 

Through this book, Billie, Chad, Jessica and Josh hope to start a conversation with their parents about something which is so difficult to talk about.

CHHAT supports young people to express these feelings through one-to-one support, group work and activity days. Services like CHHAT are invaluable in helping these young people understand their experiences and improve their emotional well-being and resilience. 


By Kaja Zuvac-Graves

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