Approximately 1 in 4 children younger than 18 years in the United States is exposed to alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence in the family.
This study sought to provide direct estimates of the number of US children younger than 18 years who are exposed to alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence in the family.
Children exposed, through no fault of their own, to alcohol abuse and dependence during their critical developmental years are thrust into families and environments that pose extraordinary risks to their immediate and future well-being and that threaten the achievement of their fullest potential.
What is urgently needed is a comprehensive strategy that integrates all systems oriented toward the provision of health, social, and treatment services, designed to improve the lives of children at risk from their exposure to alcohol abuse and dependence in the family.
Conclusions. There is a need for approaches that integrate systems of services to enhance the lives of these children.
Bridget F. Grant, Estimates of US Children Exposed to Alcohol Abuse and Dependence in the Family. (Am J Public Health. 2000; 90:112-115)