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Alcohol a big factor in child harm, says study
CHILDREN are the victims of alcohol-related harm in more than a fifth of Australian households, a study has found, adding weight to calls for the price of alcohol sold in bottle shops to be increased to discourage high quantities being consumed in homes.
Most of the children were harmed by immediate family members or by other relatives, and the rest by the drinking of family friends, neighbours, coaches, religious leaders or others, according to the study, which is published in the latest edition of the international journal Addiction.
The lead author of the study, Anne-Marie Laslett, said children were commonly exposed to the heavy drinking of their parents and others at social occasions and that younger parents in families with young children tended to drink more heavily more often than those who became parents later in life.