Children of heavy drinkers are at risk for a wide range of harms

Consuming alcohol can cause many harms to those other than the drinker. Credit: Rutgers Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies

The children of parents who drink alcohol heavily have an elevated risk of a number of adverse experiences, including mental health disorders, hospitalizations and criminal behavior, according to a new review in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

“Within the last 10 years, there has been an expansion of research on consequences that extend beyond the drinker,” write the researchers. “Although some studies show that harm…

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