NACOA was founded in 1990 to address the problems faced by children growing up in families where one/both parents suffer from alcoholism or a similar addictive problem. This includes the children of alcoholics of all ages, many of whose problems only become apparent in adulthood.
NACOA has adopted four broad aims: To offer information, advice and support to children of alcoholics To reach professionals who deal with children of alcoholics in their everyday work educating them as to the specific needs of children of alcoholics. To raise the profile of children of alcoholics in the public conciousness. To promote research into the phenomenon of children of alcoholics.
You are not alone; there are many young people experiencing similar problems. When a parent has a drink problem, it affects the whole family, and can be especially difficult for children and young people. If you are a child affected by your mum or dad’s drinking, we are here to help offer you support - see our help and support page.