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Children of Alcoholics

"In the January 2000 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, an article appears with new estimates of the number of children of alcoholics. Using data from the 1992 National Longitudinal Alcohol Epidemiological Survey, the NIAAA authors found that 15% of all U.S. children were currently exposed to alcohol abuse and/or dependence in the family (which includes any adults living in the household), and 43% of all children were exposed to someone who, during their lifetime, satisfied a diagnosis of alcohol abuse or dependence." 1

We have compiled a list of resources and publications to assist you in obtaining information about this national epidemic. If you have additional resources you would like to see listed here please let us know.


  • Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization
    Adult Children of Alcoholics is a Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. They meet with each other in a mutually respectful, safe environment and acknowledge their common experiences

  • Al-Anon and AlaTeen
    Based upon the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon Family Groups (which includes Alateen for younger members) provides support for families and friends of alcoholics. Parents, children, spouses, partners, friends, grandparents, and co-workers of problem drinkers can find hope and help in Al-Anon. There are 27,000 Al-Anon and Alateen groups in 115 countries.

  • Children of Alcoholics Foundation
    The Children of Alcoholics Foundation is a national non-profit that provides a range of educational materials and services to help professionals, children and adults break the intergenerational cycle of parental substance abuse.

  • National Association for Children of Alcoholics
    NACoA is the national nonprofit membership organization working on behalf of children of alcohol and drug dependent parents. Their mission is to advocate for all children and families affected by alcoholism and other drug dependencies.

  • National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
    NOFAS is a nonprofit organization founded in 1990 dedicated to eliminating birth defects caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy and improving the quality of life for those individuals and families affected. NOFAS, the only national organization focusing solely on FAS, takes a multicultural approach to prevention and healing.

  • National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
    NCSACW's goals are to develop and implement a comprehensive program of information gathering and dissemination, to provide technical assistance and to develop knowledge and its application that promotes effective practice, organizational, and system changes at the local, state, and national levels.

Facts about Children of Alcoholics and Their Families



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