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'I knew my mum was drunk'


The BBC has uncovered new evidence of the damage done to children by the drinking habits of their parents.

A survey for Newsround of 1,200 10- to 14-year-olds suggests that many children view alcohol with great concern.

A third said they feel scared when adults drink, a fifth say they have witnessed angry and aggressive behaviour, and the majority had seen their parents drunk.

Nicolay Sorensen, director of Policy and Communications at Alcohol Concern, told the Today programme that 1.1 to 1.3 million children were living in families with serious alcohol misuse.

"There is an attitude of secrecy and silence around this," he says.

Tim Martin, the founder of the Wetherspoon pub chain, agreed that alcohol misuse was a "cultural issue" in Britain, but argued that, because drinking was moving away from pubs and into the home, it was becoming harder to control.

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