- Data consisted of 57,377 children, 57,074 mothers and 56,714 fathers. Children and parents were followed from the child’s birth (in 1997) until the end of 2012.
- The study makes reference to literature that confirms the detrimental impact on children when they grow up in households where the parent/s abuse alcohol.
- Reference to literature that points to the early and established risks to children’s psychosocial health when exposed to alcohol abuse, is made.
- Results from the study include: Mothers with severe alcohol abuse had a greater risk of financial difficulties, psychiatric disorders and not living with the child, compared to mothers with less severe alcohol abuse.
- More results revealed that: Fathers with severe alcohol abuse also had a greater risk of not living with their child than those with less severe abuse problems.
- Also: Children in such households suffered mostly from behavioural and emotional disorders and disorders of psychological development. Children with parents who abused alcohol were more likely to suffer from these disorders, mostly so among children whose parents severely abused alcohol than those whose parents abused alcohol to a lesser extent.
- All in all, results of this study indicate that parents’ alcohol abuse has a negative effect on children’s psychological well-being, regardless of the severity of the problem or other factors.
- Even though the abuse of alcohol by both mother and father had a detrimental impact on the child in terms of developing specific disorders; when mothers abused alcohol, it seemed to have more damaging effects on the child.