Drinking While Kids Are at School

Drinking While Kids Are at SchoolSAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) found that nearly 5 million alcoholic parents have one or more children living at home. It may seem okay to drink while the kids are away from the house, but it can actually still be detrimental to you and your children for the following reasons:

  • Even young children are usually aware when mom or dad has a drinking problem. The child may not understand what is wrong but they usually know something is amiss.
  • You may need to leave the house and pick your child up with very short notice, which can be dangerous if you are drinking.
  • Drinking while the kids are at school can become a habit. The more you drink, the more your body will adjust to the alcohol—this leads to problem drinking and possibly even alcoholism.
  • Children who live in homes with drinking parents are much more likely to use alcohol or drugs as young adults.

When Does Drinking Become a Problem?

Be aware of your drinking and understand when it becomes a problem. Drinking and alcohol abuse becomes a problem when drinkers exude the following behaviors:

  • Using alcohol to escape anxiety, depression, tension or stress
  • Drinking more than intended
  • Making mistakes in calculations, driving, or other threatening situations
  • Needing more alcohol than before in order to get drunk
  • Having a family history of alcoholism or a history of any addictions
  • Drinking more than once or twice a week
  • Neglecting normal activities, friendships or even parenting duties

How Substance Abuse in Parents Affects Children

If you have a substance abuse problem, you can’t hide it from your children forever. Chances are that your children are already aware that you are drinking. Even if you take great pains to hide your drinking, your children are likely to notice the underlying problems you are having. Problems like depression, anxiety, boredom and unhappiness are toxic to families.

Many parents seek to self-medicate negative emotions or past traumas with drugs and alcohol. This is your chance to change your situation and help your children have a happier, healthier childhood. Secret drinking will not get better without support and you are not alone.

Alcoholism Help for Parents

We offer a 24 hour, toll-free helpline that can put you in touch with a number of reputable, licensed treatment programs. We would like to help treat not only alcoholism, but also the underlying issues behind substance abuse.

You shouldn’t have to struggle on your own. Let us help. We can even help you work with your insurance provider to arrange coverage for treatment. Let us help put you and your family in touch with supportive services and reputable rehab programs that offer family counseling and family-friendly rehab. Call now.