This article has been bugging me for a while now…….
Drink and Child abuse!
Have you ever wondered why some people struggle with alcohol and abuse, while others seem to be able to drink “normally”? The World Health Organization estimates that roughly 140 million people around the world struggle with alcohol and abuse. The National Institutes of Health estimates that 17.6 million Americans struggle with alcohol dependence and abuse. There are 5 risk factors that have been linked to putting people in danger of becoming addicted to alcohol, which include emotional, psychological, genetic, age and gender.
So these are some the most important risk factors for those that make the shift from simply using and abusing alcohol to becoming a full-fledged alcoholic, but rest assured there are so many factors that contribute to this. There is no magic formula or checklist that can tell you whether you or a loved one is at risk, but these can be affectively used to clarify if there is reason to be concerned. Don’t get the idea that you’re magically excluded or immune.
A MAJOR study of the impact of alcohol misuse in Australia has put the annual cost of excessive drinking at $36 billion, along with a massive human toll.
More than 70 per cent of the nation’s adult population would be “negatively affected” by someone else’s drinking in a year, according to the research by the Australian Education and Rehabilitation Foundation (AER Foundation).
The human toll includes 70,000 Australians who would be the target of alcohol-related assault in a year – 24,000 of these would be adult victims of domestic violence. There would also be 20,000 children across Australia who would become victims of substantiated alcohol-related child abuse. “Behind each of these statistics lie personal, family and community problems that stem from the harms associated with the drinking of others,” said AER Foundation director Reverend Tim Costello.
Then in a small town in the Eastern Cape in our own country:
It’s in the middle of the day in Middelburg, in the Eastern Cape, long before school is out. Children of school-going age are roaming the dusty streets of the small town. If one didn’t know better they could easily pass off as street kids. They approach each car as it stops at the robot, begging for food or a coin. Their chapped lips and dry faces bear evidence of their hunger. They make their way to the Emmanuel Children’s Home where they will be given lunch.
After a short prayer the children dig into their meal – samp and freshly slaughtered meat. This is where many of the neglected children living in Middelburg go to get some food. The Emmaunel Children’s Home has been in existence for just over a year, providing food for many of these children.
According to the founder of the home, Carol Deysel, the children come from broken homes, where alcohol is the order of the day. Parents subsequently neglect their children.
“I would say the main thing in this town is poverty, which leads them to drink alcohol. Most of our kids here in the home are born with foetal alcohol syndrome. They can’t really progress at school as well. The little ones we have at the moment, they can’t talk and that’s all because of alcohol”, says Deysel.
This is one of the thousands of small and big towns that have children being neglected by drunken parents and abuse from older community members.