MP Liam Byrne launches manifesto for children of alcoholics

Politics / Wed 15th Feb 2017 at 11:46am

AN MP who was raised in Harlow has launched the first ever manifesto for children of alcoholics at the House of Commons.

Liam Byrne is an MP in Birmingham but was brought up in Harlow and attended Burnt Mill school.

His father, Dermot Byrne, was the head of Harlow Council. His struggles with alcoholism have been well documented by Mr Byrne.

The hard-hitting manifesto, published to coincide with International Children of Alcoholics Week, sets out a 10-point plan to help Britain’s 2.6 million innocent victims of drink – the children of hard-drinking parents.

It is co-written by children of alcoholics, policy makers and experts from charities, interest groups and medicine. It demands that the Government do the following:

Take responsibility for children of alcoholics
Create a national strategy for COAs
Properly fund local support for COAs
Increase availability of support for families battling addiction to alcohol
Boost education and awareness for children
Boost education and training for those with a responsibility for children
Develop a plan to change public attitudes
Revise the national strategy to tackle alcoholism to focus on price and availability
Curtail the promotion of alcohol – especially to children
Take responsibility for reducing rates of alcoholism
You can download a copy of the manifesto here.

For help and advice, visit the National Association of Children of Alcoholics at www.nacoa.org.uk or call NACOA’s free, confidential helpline on 0800 358 3456.

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