Alcohol Forum calls for recognition of alcohol misuse as children’s rights issue

The Alcohol Forum is calling for greater recognition of alcohol misuse as a children’s rights issue.

The topic will be discussed at a seminar at the Bush Hotel in Carrick-on-Shannon by a number of experts and academics.

According to the organisation, a growing body of international and national evidence indicates children in homes affected by alcohol misuse often live chaotic and unsafe lives.

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Presentations will also be made by a number of people who have been directly impacted by the effects of the harmful use of alcohol.

Issues that will be highlighted include raising a child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, as well as emotional and behavioural disorders.

Seminar organiser, Paula Leonard, says Ireland can focus too much on the adult user and not enough on families:

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