Children of parents who are alcohol abusers are often the innocent and forgotten victims. Alcohol abuse often results in lack of appropriate care, no structure of family life and unpredictable behavior of drunken parent. Children living with an alcoholic is exposed to abuse, violence, neglect, financial problems and malnutrition. For a small child, this can be scary, traumatic and sometimes physically painful. It can lead to many problems in the future.
Alcohol Abuse Can Lead to Abuse of Children. This abuse can come in different forms. It can be physical, emotional or psychological.
How Alcohol Abuse Can Lead to Child Abuse
- An alcoholic is hot-headed and quick to anger. When he is angry, he physically harms the child by slapping, kicking or hitting the child with an object. Many children have been brought to the hospital because of physical injuries inflicted by a drunken parent.
- There have been cases of drunken fathers raping their own child.
- A child of an alcoholic often lacks appropriate care and most of the time is neglected. This can harm the child emotionally and psychologically because he cannot find any structure of a home and family around him or her. The child has to survive on his or her own. When he has problems, there is no one he can share it with. The child develops the tendency to be a loner, shy and has low self-confidence.
- A child is emotionally affected when a drunken parent fights with the other parent. The shouting, the insults and even physical blows makes the child shiver in fear. The experience is scary and painful.
- An alcoholic goes through unpredictable mood swings. This behavior confuses the child. He or she cannot understand why the parent is behaving that way and sometimes they blame themselves. They become frightened and fearful as to how their drunken parent may behave in their presence.
- Psychologically, children of heavy drinkers are embarrassed and ashamed of their drunken parent. Feeling ashamed of their parent or their home life will lead to problems in the future.
- When a child suffers stress, tension and anxiety because of a drunken parent, it will result on health problems like eating disorders and may contribute to mental health problems.
- Children with drunken parent often has poor grades in school because they lack guidance and care. Some of them go to school on an empty stomach.