Does drinking help your parenting skills? A report from the British charity 4Children says that 19 percent of the parents surveyed are under the impression that alcohol has a positive effect on their parenting skills. Over three in five parents said their drinking behavior had no impact on their family life, although 29 percent of mothers and 30 percent of fathers surveyed were drinking more than the recommended limit. Another United Kingdom charity recently estimated that at least 1.3 million British children live in families where a parent drinks too much.
Unfortunately, parents are incorrect that abusing alcohol or drugs will not impact their kids. Living with alcoholics makes a child seven times more likely to become addicted as an adult. TIME Magazine says that of the 3.3 million reports of child abuse in the U.S. each year, two-thirds of the cases involve substance abuse. Children with parents who engage in substance abuse are three times more likely to be abused and four times more likely to be neglected.