The Impact of Parental Drinking on Children

An estimated one million Australian children are affected to some degree by the drinking of others. A new study by the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) examines the prevalence and effects of heavy drinking on families and children. It shows a strong link between alcohol and domestic violence. Michael Thorn, Chief Executive of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, says that alcohol abuse is an immense problem and “governments must embrace a broad public health approach with a strong focus on prevention.” The report's main findings include:

  • Alcohol abuse is linked to 15–47% of child abuse cases each year in Australia
  • An estimated 22% of Australian children are affected by the drinking of others