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Alcohol's Effects on Health

Research-based information on drinking and its impact.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Consequences for Families in the United States

Updated: 2023

US children living with parent/caregiver with AUD. More than 10 percent of US children ages 17 and younger live with a parent with AUD
  • Approximately 10.5% (7.5 million) of U.S. children ages 17 and younger live with a parent who has alcohol use disorder, according to a 2017 report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).1


  1. Lipari RN, Van Horn SL. The CBHSQ report: children living with parents who have a substance use disorder. Rockville (MD): SAMHSA, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality; 2017 Aug 24 [cited 2020 Dec 8]. Available from:
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