Today [14 February 2017] sees the launch of the first ever manifesto for children of alcoholics at the House of Commons. Watch the moving video of this breakthrough, above, and the Manifesto launch on the BBC: https://youtu.be/Yr_YPlrZbHQ
The hard-hitting manifesto, published to coincide with International Children of Alcoholics Week, sets out a 10-point plan to help Britain’s 2.6 million innocent victims of drink – the children of hard-drinking parents.
It is co-written by children of alcoholics, policy makers and experts from charities, interest groups and medicine. It demands that the Government do the following:
- Take responsibility for children of alcoholics
- Create a national strategy for COAs
- Properly fund local support for COAs
- Increase availability of support for families battling addiction to alcohol
- Boost education and awareness for children
- Boost education and training for those with a responsibility for children
- Develop a plan to change public attitudes
- Revise the national strategy to tackle alcoholism to focus on price and availability
- Curtail the promotion of alcohol – especially to children
- Take responsibility for reducing rates of alcoholism
You can download a copy of the manifesto here.
For help and advice, visit the National Association of Children of Alcoholics at http://www.nacoa.org.uk or call NACOA’s free, confidential helpline on 0800 358 3456.