Addiction Info Switzerland has launched an internet platform designed to reach out to children and adolescents with alcohol-addicted parents.
Children with an alcoholic parent are six times more likely to develop an addition themselves later in life, Addiction Info told a news conference in Bern on Thursday.
Some tens of thousands of children in Switzerland grow up with an alcoholic parent and most suffer from feelings of guilt and lack of security because the problem is rarely discussed openly.
Addiction Info said the internet sites were designed to provide affected children and adolescents with a forum where they could discuss their problems freely, remaining anonymous if they prefer.
www.mamatrinkt.ch and www.papatrinkt.ch contain information, tips and frequently asked questions. They also feature discussion forums moderated by experts from Addiction Info who will also offer advice and information.
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