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One In 10 U.S. Kids Have Alcoholic Parent

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Alcoholics With Kids

That's a sad statistic.

Let us repeat: One out of every 10 kids in the U.S. has an alcoholic parent. This needs to be changed.

The study comes from researchers at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. They analyzed national survey data from 2005 through 2010 and found that 7.5 million kids lived with a parent abusing alcohol during any given year. That's about 10.5 percent of the country's under 18 population.

Most of them lived in two-parent households where one or both of the adults had a drinking disorder, too, the researchers found.

Here's the shocking part:

'Of the 1.4 million children who lived in a single-parent home where the adult had a drinking issue, the overwhelming majority — 1.1 million — were in female-headed households.'

We don't know why, but we figured it'd be male-heavy when it came to this statistic. Probably because we rarely see female representations of alcoholism in mainstream entertainment.

Also, we don't have to tell you that all of this spells bad news for the kids, and the slew of problems that come along with it.

Alcoholism is a disease, yes, but there still lies a choice to get help — for your kid's sake.

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