This is a series of blogs at onlinealcoholclass.com looking at the dangers of alcohol and how it adversely affects families and children.
In prior entries we looked at how mothers who drink can cause fetal alcohol syndrome, a preventable disease which damages the baby permanently. We learned how older children are also affected. They suffer from depression and anxiety disorders, can be obsessed with perfectionism and can struggle with relationships and school performance. As reported in allpsych.com.
Let's look at more statistics for these children who are not getting the attention they need to get through school with proper support. Children of alcoholics (COAs) can struggle to connect with others and establish close relationships with teachers and classmates. COAs may have to repeat the academic year and some drop out of school all together.
Here are some alarming statistics - A recent survey by the US government showed that 30 percent of young women who didn’t complete high school had grown up in families with alcoholic parents. The same survey showed that only 20 percent of young men from alcoholic families went to college.
With all of the current problems facing our educational system today, it begs to ask, how big a role does alcohol play in the academic issues facing our nation today? Could alcoholism be the factor that is dragging down the average of our nation's test scores?
We will continue to look at how alcohol affects families and society in the next blog installment here at onlinealcohlclass.com.
As an individual whose life has been directly affected by the ravages of alcoholism, I am more than aware of the potential havoc booze can bring to a family. In previous blogs, we have looked at the effects of a mother's drinking during pregnancy but parents who abuse alcohol also has severe effects on normal children.
Children of alcoholic parents often have a cluster of symptoms including: low self-esteem, loneliness, guilt, feelings of helplessness, fears of abandonment, and chronic depression. These children's needs are often neglected and they struggle with trust and relationships. As reported in allpsych.com.
The psychological wounds run deep for children of alcoholics (COAs). Some feel responsible for the chaos, lack of consistency, and on-going problems while others become "parents" and take care of the irresponsible adult who is drinking.
COAs experience high levels of tension and stress. Young children of alcoholics may have frequent nightmares, bed wetting, and crying spells. Some may not have friends and may be afraid to go to school.
Many grow up with limited skills and compromised abilities to navigate the world. They cling to relationships which can repeat unhealthy patterns.
Is getting drunk worth the risk of causing such emotional damage to your children? I would like to think that for their sake you would seek help rather than to subject them to such possible trauma.
Take a moment right now to assess your own situation, or perhaps the situation of a loved one. Is there a problem with alcohol? If so, I encourage you to seek help ASAP. If you prefer to maintain anonymity please take one of our online classes now.
This is part of a series of blogs here at onlinealcoholclass.com, looking at the harmful effects of alcohol. In previous entries, I provided frightening statistics regarding alcohol, disease and mortality. I encourage you to read them and think about the numbers.
Today we will continue to look at alcohol's effect on families. As reported in allpsych.com.
Alcoholism is also known as a family disease. Many alcoholics have young, teenage, or grown-up children; they have spouses; they have siblings; they have parents and other relatives. Having an alcoholic in the family, disrupts family life and causes harmful effects on children which can last a lifetime.
It has been estimated that 76 million American adults have been exposed to alcoholism in the family. Alcoholism is responsible for more family problems than any other single cause. One of every four families has problems with alcohol.
Alcohol & Pregnancy
Another sad fact is that maternal alcoholism may affect the fetus before a child is born. For pregnant women, alcohol is delivered to all of the mother’s organs and tissues, including the placenta, where it easily crosses through the membrane which separates the maternal and fetal blood systems.
Did you know that when a pregnant woman drinks an alcoholic beverage, the concentration of alcohol in her unborn baby’s bloodstream is the same level as her own?
A pregnant woman who consumes alcohol during her pregnancy may give birth to a baby with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is one of the three top known causes of birth defects. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, about 5000 babies are born each year with severe damage caused by FAS; another 35,000 babies are born with more mild forms of FAS.
Is the taste of alcohol worth endangering the entire life of an unborn child? I hope not. Please take an online alcohol awareness class to learn more about the dangers of alcohol.
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This is a series of blogs illustrating the potential hazardous effects of drinking alcohol. While I am not saying that if you drink alcohol you will shorten your life and perish prematurely but this series of blogs is to illustrate the real risks of alcohol use.
Many people have an indifferent attitude towards the excess consumption of alcohol, and are oblivious or in denial about the ill-effects it has on our bodies. As reported in www.news.com.au.
Alcohol is a problem across around the world. The newly-released Alcohol’s Burden of Disease in Australia, reports that alcohol is responsible for 15 deaths every day. That’s a 60% increase from a decade ago. In addition to this statistic, another 430 people are admitted to hospital for alcohol-related injuries or diseases every day. Globally nearly 7,000 people die per day due to an alcohol-related issue.
If you are surprised by these statistics, you’re not alone.
Alcohol use and abuse creates a dramatic increase in domestic violence, depression, deaths from trauma, obesity and many other ailments.
According to the most recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO), that while 8.2 million people died from cancer (globally) in 2012, 3.7 million of those deaths could have been avoided by “lifestyle changes," including limiting alcohol.
I know it is easier said than done when making lifestyle changes and cutting out alcohol, but I can tell you from personal experience because I had to do it. If I hadn't I would not be here right now. Please keep reading this series at onlinealcoholclass.com.
This is a series of blogs looking at the lethal role that alcohol can play in your life. In the last blog we looked at some shocking statistics regarding the deadly effects of alcohol.
Did you know alcohol kills 2.5 million people per year and is responsible for 4% of all global deaths? Shocking, right? As reported in www.voanews.com.
The World Health Organization (WHO), says that most alcohol-related deaths are caused by injuries from drunk driving, cancer, liver cirrhosis, heart disease and stroke.
Did you know that alcohol is related increasing your likelihood of contracting at least 200 other diseases?
Be careful men. One amazing statistic is that more than 6% of all male deaths are related to alcohol, compared to just over 1% for females. In Russia, drinking is especially problematic with more than 20% of men dying from an alcohol-related illness!
Alcohol kills! The sad reality is that even with the knowledge, consumption and harmful effects of alcohol are increasing in developing countries. Africa and Asia, for example, have weaker regulations and less health services available. In these places, the trend is more drinking per capital while consumption in Europe and America is more stable.
It is sad when you understand the health related risks, to see the problem getting worse and not subsiding.
We will continue to address this issue in the next installment of the blog at onlinealcoholclass.com.