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School nurses and health visitors key in identifying children at risk from parental alcohol misuse

A parliamentary report covering the health effects on children of parental alcohol misuse uncovers a widespread hidden issue
Woman drinking alcohol while talking to small child

A parliamentary report covering the health effects on children of parental alcohol misuse uncovers a widespread hidden issue

By the time Jo Huey was six-years-old, she knew the sound of her father coming home from work meant trouble.

41%

Estimated number of women in the UK who drink during pregnancy

(Popova et al 2017)

'Unsure of his mood, my sister and I would peep around the door, hoping he’d be pleased to see us. But often he’d be drunk and aggressive. We’d have to dodge round the kitchen table to avoid a whack,’ she says.

Ms Huey, who is now a self-help motivational speaker and author, and who discusses her experiences with her father as part of her work around the impact of addiction, adds: ‘Throughout my childhood, my late father’s alcoholism made family life

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