One in five adult Americans have lived with an alcohol dependent relative while growing up. Commonly, these children have higher risk for having psychological problems than children whose parents are not alcoholics. Alcohol dependence runs in families, and children of alcoholics are 4 times more likely than other children to develop into alcoholics themselves. Compounding the mental effect of being raised by a parent who is suffering from alcohol abuse is the fact that many children of alcoholics have normally experienced some type of dereliction or abuse.
A child being raised by a parent or caregiver who is dealing with alcohol abuse may have a variety of disturbing emotions that ha