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Lauren Booker - Alcohol and families
Lauren Booker - Alcohol and families
Lauren Booker - Alcohol and families
Lauren Booker - Alcohol and families
Lauren Booker - Alcohol and families
Lauren Booker - Alcohol and families
Lauren Booker - Alcohol and families
Lauren Booker - Alcohol and families
Lauren Booker - Alcohol and families
Lauren Booker - Alcohol and families
Lauren Booker - Alcohol and families
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  • Intro to self
  • Anecdote: man at the conference: Jaguar land rover, meet the buyers
    For men: highest in 25 – 34 age group
    For women: highest in 16 – 24 age group
    Whilst many of these will have children – they will also have parents, siblings and other close family
  • Children who begin drinking before the age of 14 or who have an alcohol dependent carer are much more likely to suffer from dependence themselves
  • However, poverty, domestic violence, mental health issues
  • Change4life
    Early identification: CAF, Team around the child, Think family agenda, Every child matters
    Children can be supported and helped regardless of changes in the drinking patterns of the parents
    We have a duty of care - ensure we are familiar and comfortable with the issues, workforce training and development
    BUT, whilst the needs of the child is paramount, the family unit is important too.
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    • 1. Alcohol and Families Lauren Booker Workplace Programme Manager
    • 2. Drinking in the UK • Over 10m adults drink more than recommended limits • 2.6m drink more than 2x recommended limits • 1.6m dependent on alcohol • Alcohol related diseases account for 1 in 8 hospital beds • £21bn cost to individuals and families p.a.
    • 3. Case Study Read your case study about Jack and Jill Smith and their family. What impact do you think that alcohol may have on each member?
    • 4. Alcohol and families • Approximately 1 million children live in a household with one or more dependent drinkers • Alcohol is cited in 1/3 of divorce petitions • Parental alcohol use is a factor in up to 60% of child protection cases • 1/3 of reported domestic violence involves alcohol • Almost 1/5 of the population is affected by a family members’ alcohol use.
    • 5. "To suggest that all parents who suffer from problem drug use present a danger to their children is misleading. Indeed, much research indicated that in isolation, problem drug use of a parent presents little risk of significant harm to children." Cleaver H., Unell, I., and Aldgate, J., (1999) Children’s Needs Parenting Capacity, p.23, London; HMSO.
    • 6. Case Study Look at the new information about the Smiths. Does this change your thoughts about the impact on the family?
    • 7. Alcohol and young people • Over half of 11 year olds have tried alcohol • 30% of young people with alcohol problems also suffer from an eating disorder • 20% of young offenders report being intoxicated the time of the offence(s) • 1 in 3 young suicides are intoxicated at the time of death
    • 8. Alcohol and other factors • Alcohol related brain damage contributes to up to a quarter of all dementia cases • Over half of male prisoners engaged in hazardous drinking in the year before going to prison • 30% of female heavy drinkers are diagnosed with a neurotic disorder • Heavy alcohol use is linked with over 50 life threatening and life limiting illnesses
    • 9. What can we do? • Information and Awareness – Change4life – Every Contact Counts • Early Identification and assessment: IBA • Referral pathways • New approaches – online, recovery communities, workplace
    • 10. "We should particularly be concerned with substance use that is dependant or chaotic. For the practitioner and the client, the ability to distinguish recreational use from problematic misuse is a crucial skill.” Murphy, M. (1996). The Child Protection Unit. p 11. Aldershot: Avebury.Links between problematic use and child protection
    • 11. What can we do? • • • • • Multi-Agency Working Support children, support the family Promote resilience factors Our duty of care, transferable skills Support for families: – Brief Strategic Family Therapy; Community Reinforcement and Family Training, Positive Parenting Programme

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