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Alcohol and Drug Use by Parents and Carers

  • Are you concerned that a parent or carer may be drinking too much?
  • Does it affect their mood or behaviour?
  • Are they being abusive – shouting at you or hitting you?
  • Are you worried that a parent may be taking illegal drugs
  • Are you worried that a parent is using prescription drugs when they don’t need to?

You aren’t alone, because over 1.8 million children and young people in the UK are affected by alcohol and drug using parents.

Alcohol and drugs are very often used by people as a way to relax or cope with day to day life. Your parent/carer may not realise how their drinking or drug use is affecting you.

There is help available for you and for your parent/carer. If you are concerned, it is important that you get some advice or support – make the decision to change what is happening in your family!

Stoke-on-Trent Community Drug and Alcohol Service (CDAS), has provides information and advice  to individuals, families, young people and professionals; their website can be found at

A leaflet for young people is attached at the bottom of this page.

NACO (The National Association for Children of Alcoholics) provides information and support for children and young people affected by parental alcohol problems. Support is provided through a free, confidential telephone and email helpline, publications and their website Telephone : 0117 924 8005 Email  

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