Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

COA Foundation Zeros in on Alcohol as a Deadly Drug

Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

COA Foundation Zeros in on Alcohol as a Deadly Drug

Article excerpt

A new report by the Children of Alcoholics Foundation points to the needs of vulnerable youth in the inner-city. "Help for Inner-City Children of Addicted Parents," reports there are 7 million children of alcoholics who are under the age of 18. The report deals specifically with the effects of parental addiction on the African-American and Latino children in the inner city, and calls for culturally specific materials and programs to help these vulnerable youngsters.

"Unlike crack, cocaine, marijuana, and other illegal drugs, alcohol gets little attention in our nation's inner cities," said Joseph A. Califano, Jr., former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, who released the report, "but when it comes to alcohol and other drug addiction, inner-city children have the odds stacked against them. This report is a call to action so that these high-risk youth can beat the odds and get the help they need and deserve."

Highlights of the Report:

* Children of Alcoholics are four times more likely than others to become alcoholics; and daughters of alcoholics are more likely to marry alcoholic men, perpetrating the cycle of family alcoholism. …

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