Question: Are children of alcoholics (COA's) more likely to marry an alcoholic?
Answer: Yes, they are more likely than others to marry alcoholics - many COA's choose partners who are alcoholic or who have some other addiction.
Question: Do COA's have difficulty with relationships?
Answer: Yes, a child who is loved on day and rejected the next may have trouble developing meaningful relationships.
Question: Does alcohol have a long-term effect on the brain?
Answer: Yes, chronic alcohol abuse effects those nerve cells which perform certain vital functions, including the ability to gather information. Adolescents, because their bodies and brains are still developing suffer greater harm from alcohol than do adults.
Question: What are the characteristics of children of alcoholics?
Answer: Children of alcoholics tend to:
be fearful of other people, and experience difficulty with authority figures
be approval seekers
become alcoholics, marry them, or both
suffer from compulsive behaviors
live life from the perspective of a victim
feel guilty when they assert themselves
place concern for others above concern for themselves
suffer from low self esteem
be addicted to excitement
have difficulty expressing feelings
confuse love with pity and tend to "love" people they can "pity"