Children of Alcoholic Families and School Counselors

This paper discusses alcoholism and alcoholic families in the U.S., the effects of alcoholism on the children, the role and responsibility of the school counselor, the programs and resources.

This paper will establish the extent of alcoholism and alcoholic families in the U.S., the effects of alcoholism on the children, the role and responsibility of the school counselor in meeting the needs of these children and the programs and resources available to implement the much-needed help for such children.

There are over 10 million known alcoholics in the U.S. today plus 28-30 million of their children affected by this disease (Barnard, 1981 p. 3).
For these children, the drinking-problems of their parents are the central force in their lives, their feelings and their personalities. Social behaviors are affected more by this reality than any other factor.

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