Single Parent Children and Alcohol Abuse
Research studies show that there is a strong relationship between single parent children and alcohol
More specifically, children who are raised in single-family households are approximately twice as likely to
experience an alcohol-related problem such as alcohol abuse when compared with children who are raised by both
parents in the same household.
Alcohol-Related Diseases and Type of Household
According to a Swedish study published in the January 2003 edition of The Lancet medical journal, children
raised in single-parent households are twice as likely to develop alcohol-related diseases than children who live
with both parents.
In the same study, the risk of drug abuse was found to be three times higher in girls and four times higher in
boys from single-parent homes.
Note: This Swedish study compared hospital admissions and death statistics during the 1990s for almost a million
Various studies have concluded that children growing up without their biological father present are more likely
to commit crime, abuse drugs and alcohol and drop out of school.
Not only this, but children growing up without their biological father present are also more likely to commit
suicide, live in poverty and become pregnant as a teenager than children living with their married parents.
The findings from another study discovered that children growing up in single-parent households are twice as
likely to develop an alcohol-related disease than children who live with both parents.
In one study, even 11 or 12 years after the divorce of their parents, adolescents who have good relationships
with their non-custodial fathers are less likely to abuse alcohol or drugs than children who never see their
In the same study, children who live without contact with their biological fathers are, in comparison to
children who have such contact, more than twice as likely to abuse drugs or alcohol.
Father Absence and Adolescent Problem Behaviors
In a study of over 450 alcoholics and 80 heroin addicts, it was discovered that the absent father is a very
In fact, according to this study, "it is the rule rather than the exception."
In a study entitled "Father Absence and Adolescent 'Problem Behaviors': Alcohol Consumption, Drug Use and Sexual
Activity" in the Adolescence journal, it was found that the absence of the father from the home significantly
affects the behavior of adolescents, and results in greater use of alcohol and marijuana.
This study also found that the impact of the father's absence from the home is apparently greater on male
adolescents than on female adolescents.
That is, the alcohol and marijuana use for father-absent male adolescents is greater than for any other
The data in this study emphasized the importance of the father as a key figure in the transmission of values and
as a role model in the life of the adolescent.
Conclusion: Single Parent Children and Alcohol Abuse
Consistent with the studies outlined above, it is logical to deduce that there is a strong correlation between
single parent children and alcohol abuse.
That is, children who are raised in single-family households are roughly twice as likely to experience
alcohol-related problems such as alcohol abuse when compared with children who are raised by both parents in the
When alcohol problems emerge, it is important to get the drinker professional help. This applies to all people,
whether they are single parent children or not.