As part of The Salvation Army's annual Alcohol Awareness campaign, new research was released yesterday (September 17) revealing that 4.2 million people say they know families in which they think children are not properly looked after because of someone's alcohol abuse.
The study was based on a national telephone survey of 1,509 Australians conducted by Roy Morgan Research, about the impact that alcohol consumption had on children and families.
The findings also revealed that 2.9 million people say they know families where they think children may be unsafe due to someone's alcohol abuse – with the Salvos saying that the research paints a "deeply disturbing picture" of what is happening in some Australian families.
The results of the research is alarming and needs to be addressed immediately says The Salvation Army's clinical director of recovery services Gerard Byrne.
"It is very clear there are large numbers of people out there who know families where children aren’t being cared for properly, according to them, because of alcohol," he said.
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