It can be really hard if you're worried about your parents drinking, or think they might have a problem with alcohol.

It can be even harder if you and your family are at home together most of the time due to COVID-19.

  • You may want to hide it and not want anyone to know.
  • You might be scared and worried about what is going to happen to you or your parent.
  • You might feel angry about what is happening, or confused if you can't understand why your parent is drinking like this.
  • Some children worry that it's their fault, but it's really important you know that this is not the case.

We want you to know that you're not on your own and there is support available. 

Who can you speak to

One to one support: Brighton & Hove Adolescent Service

One to one support for under 18s whose lives are affected by a parent or carer's alcohol use.

We have a dedicated family worker called Susan Kleinman. Before COVID-19, Youstina was working in schools and the community, and she is still available to talk to you more about what support you might need over the phone or through WhatsApp. 

Contact Susan Kleinman:

Groups and activities: Young Carers Project

While face-to-face support is currently not available for young people who look after a parent who is drinking a lot, the Young Carers project can still provide support over the phone.

Contact them by:

Counselling: Young Oasis

Therapists work with people aged 5 to 18 who may be affected by a parent's drinking to help you find ways to cope with what is happening. Young Oasis are still able to provided support over the phone at the moment.

Contact them by:

National Helpline for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa)

Information, advice and support for anyone affected by a parent's drinking. As well as a confidential helpline you can read about the experiences of other children and young people and use the message boards. 

Contact them by:

  • phone 0800 358 3456 (free, confidential helpline). Open Monday, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 7pm. Tuesday to Thursday 12pm to 9pm
  • email
  • Nacoa website

There's also lots of information on Nacoa website for anyone affected by their parent's drinking (including a COVID-19 pack).

Other support online

Childline have advice for anyone feeling worried about COVID-19

The number of children living with an adult with a dependency is
1,700 in Brighton & Hove
Public Health England