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One in five German children have alcoholic or drug-addict parents

The Local · 16 Nov 2011, 08:51

Published: 16 Nov 2011 08:51 GMT+01:00

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That is more than two million children in Germany whose parents are alcoholics and up to 60,000 whose parents are drug addicts, according to the annual report from the German and European observation unit on drugs and addiction.

The Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Wednesday that Germany’s government drug and addiction expert Mechthild Dyckmans said the children were not only often damaged by their mothers’ addiction while still in the womb, once born, they were often not helped enough.

“These children are particularly often affected by poverty and social deprivation,” she said. And yet “many do not receive the support they need,” she admitted.

She also promised help, even if indirect, to addicts held in German prisons. The report estimated that up to 30 percent of male and 50 percent of female prisoners in the country took drugs, while criticising that because the approach to the subject was dealt with by the federal states, there were no national guidelines.

Dyckmans also admitted that addicts in prison had worse care than those in freedom, and that this led to the spread of disease and said she was in contact with the states to try to find ways to reduce the risks.

Illegal drug use in 2010 was stable in Germany – as it was across Europe – the report showed. The most frequently used drug remained cannabis, while hard drugs such as heroin, cocaine and LSD continued a decline which started in 2008.

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The number of people who died through illegal drugs in 2010 was down by seven percent on the previous year, to 1,237, most of whom died from heroin overdoses. The Süddeutsche Zeitung did not have figures for how many people had died from the effects of alcohol.

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11:49 November 16, 2011 by pepsionice
Interesting numbers. But it won't change the outcome or sequence of events for these kids.
12:10 November 16, 2011 by jbaker
You could probably apply that 1 in 5 percentage to most western countries and definitely in the USA. The kids born into this mess have to find a way to break the cycle.
12:38 November 16, 2011 by freechoice
i wonder how many drug addicts got Aids from their addictions.
13:48 November 16, 2011 by aussie_boy
I wonder what criteria they used to indicate what is an alcoholic.
16:02 November 16, 2011 by Wise Up!
Symptoms of a permissive society in a social welfare state.
17:59 November 16, 2011 by Englishted
@Wise Up!

Hard drug use in decline,7% less deaths from overdoses.

So which part of the capitalist ,abstaining ,heavenly perfect good old U.S.A. is so much better?
23:41 November 16, 2011 by brnskin2010
@ englishted......

None....as a matter of fact it's worse.....7x's
23:47 November 16, 2011 by willowsdad
Second Aussie Boy's query: how are they defining "alcoholics" and "addicts". It seems many of these researchers are fairly free in assigning these labels in order to create the next "epidemic" that msut be dealt with by cracking down, etc.
16:53 November 17, 2011 by raandy
The term 'Alcoholic" changes weekly.

Now you have functional alcoholics ,.??

non functional alcoholics, those must be the ones stumbling and falling down.

Use to be ,we had drunks , those are the stumblers and fallers

social drinkers have a pop or two and sometimes three daily

and the ocasional drinkers, all were ok except the drunks .

now if you drink 2 or 3 a night you are a functional alcoholic ;-)
00:17 November 19, 2011 by Whipmanager
brnskin2010: Where are your stas from?

I remember a friend of mine, stations with me ther ein Good Old Deutschland, was designated an alcholic because every day after work, around 5 PM he would have 1 beer. That one beer, everyday after work constituted a drinking habit, and thus, he had a problem. Funny, really, one drink, in a pattern, is clinically a problem.
02:50 November 19, 2011 by soros
Yes, this is probably true, but given life today, you might as well go through it sloshed. Who would want to be sober and wide awake? Besides, if it's booze in Germany, it's pills elsewhere or religious fanaticism. What's the difference??
08:11 November 20, 2011 by Englishted

Beer tastes nicer ,and does not force itself on others unlike religious fanaticism.
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