Liam Byrne reveals how growing up with an alcoholic father left him ‘scarred’

This news story was covered in November last year following the Early Day Motion that was presented to the Houses of Parliament regarding the governments support for the children of alcoholics sponsored by Liam Byrne.  He did a radio 4 interview to support this which you can listen to here and this is the coverage … Continue reading Liam Byrne reveals how growing up with an alcoholic father left him ‘scarred’

A retrospective on 2016 (Friday sober jukebox: some riot)

So as I have pared down my blog activity and news sources the one I repeatedly return to is Alcohol Policy UK.  They wrote an excellent retrospective piece about 2016 which you can read here:   Alcohol policy in 2016 & what’s in store for 2017? But what really struck me about this blog were … Continue reading A retrospective on 2016 (Friday sober jukebox: some riot)

Manifesto for Children of Alcoholics – Launched Today

Another email from Liam Byrne today launching the children of alcoholics – manifesto for change yesterday, so on Valentine’s Day no less …. Dear Friend Today the All-Party Group launches the first ever manifesto for children of alcoholics. Thank you for all your help in putting this together! The hard-hitting manifesto, published to coincide with International … Continue reading Manifesto for Children of Alcoholics – Launched Today

Alcohol marketing rules failing to protect our youth

Too much news not enough blog posts!  I’m already writing posts for May so time to squeak in some extra one’s with important news stories.  Thank you marketing week for the image 😉 The top story from the Institute of Alcohol Studies for January was the headline grabbing blog post title that alcohol marketing rules … Continue reading Alcohol marketing rules failing to protect our youth

Breakthrough in campaign for children of alcoholics

An update from Liam Byrne following today’s House of Commons debate about alcohol harm and the need for a plan from Government to support Britain’s 2.5 million children of parents who drink too much. Liam Byrne today welcomed a breakthrough in the campaign for Britain’s children of alcoholics after a new commitment was made by … Continue reading Breakthrough in campaign for children of alcoholics

Making a difference to the child of an alcoholic

While the battle about Minimum Unit Pricing rages on this for me is the most important progress being made.  As Liam Byrne promised the Government now wants to “put every child of an alcoholic drinker in contact with help that would make a difference.” As the Institute of Alcohol Studies reported in September: the National … Continue reading Making a difference to the child of an alcoholic

Painful Inheritance

NACOA’s (the National Association for Children of Alcoholics) annual lecture at the House of Commons set out an action plan to give the issue the public profile it deserves, Drink and Drug News reported in April.  Presented  without comment. The children of alcoholics were ‘the innocent victims of booze, who never ask for the pain they … Continue reading Painful Inheritance

Lancet psychiatry: Articles on young people and substance use

Within the UK there are two hallowed publications within medicine –  the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and The Lancet.  This series was published within The Lancet Psychiatry in February.  The fact that it was a series of research publications indicates how serious an issue substance misuse within young people is. Here are the links to … Continue reading Lancet psychiatry: Articles on young people and substance use

2.5m children of alcoholics ‘suffering in silence’

So this blog post started out with this study, which identified 2.5m at risk children, and was reported in The Mirror in February.  But since that news story this post has morphed into something much bigger as more and more coverage of children and its impact hit my inbox in the 7 weeks since and … Continue reading 2.5m children of alcoholics ‘suffering in silence’