About one in four U.S. children is exposed to family alcoholism or alcohol abuse while growing up, says a study published Thursday.
The National Institutes of Health says the data, reported in January's issue of the American Journal of Public Health, provide the best estimate yet of children living with a parent or other adult who has an alcohol problem.
"It adds another dimension to the size of the alcohol problem in this country," said Dr. Enoch Gordis, director of NIH's National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. "Aside from developing alcohol problems themselves, these kids often have conduct disorders, some have emotional disturbances, some do badly in school."
The findings stem from a new analysis of a 1992 federal survey of 42,800 Americans, the latest data available.