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Parental Substance Misuse: Addressing its Impact on Children.

Research report

Earlier this month the National Advisory Committee on Drugs (NACD) launched a new report entitled Parental Substance Misuse: Addressing its Impact on Children.

The report reviewed all major international research on the impact of parental substance misuse on children and identified what steps can be taken in Ireland to reduce its impact.


The report was presented in Croke Park, Dublin, on October 18th 2011, at a seminar jointly hosted by the NACD, the Health Service Executive (HSE) and Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues. The seminar was entitled A Family Affair? Supporting Children Living with Parental Substance Misuse.

Speaking in advance of the seminar, NACD Director Joan O’Flynn said that: “Alcohol and drugs misuse by parents can impact negatively on a child’s experience of positive parenting and can create stressful family circumstances that impact on child development. For many of the affected children, the effect of their parents’ substance misuse continues into their adult lives. For some, the impact can be multifaceted and persist not only into adult life but even into the lives of the next generation."

Video interview

For this feature, Ms. O’Flynn talks to about the background to the report, and also identifies some of the key messages and recommendations from the report.

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In addition to the video interview with Ms. O’Flynn, also recorded four of the seminar presentations.

View videos of seminar presentations from:

Minister Róisín Shortall TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Primary Care at the Department of Health
Dr. Justine Horgan, NACD
Norah Gibbons, Barnardos
Minister Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. 

Download seminar PowerPoint Presentations from:

Dr. Justine Horgan, NACD
Norah Gibbons, Barnardos
Sunniva's Finlay, Ballyfermot Star
Davis Turkington, Public Health Agency
Donna Butler, North West Alcohol Forum

Download the report and press release

Download the NACD press release
Download the key messages and recommendations
Download the full NACD report


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