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Nacoa (The National Association for Children of Alcoholics) is a registered charity (No. 1009143), founded in 1990 to address the needs of children growing up in families where one or both parents suffer from alcohol dependency. We’ve responded to hundreds of thousands of requests for help from children as young as five who find the courage to call or email the Nacoa helpline 0800 358 3456 or [email protected] They know they can remain anonymous, talk about what they want, in their own time and without judgement or time limits. Sometimes they call at the point of crisis and we remain with them on the phone; a kindly voice in what might seem a hostile world. Nacoa’s calls can include children of all ages, many of whose problems only become apparent in adulthood.
The vast majority of callers live with parents who do not acknowledge or seek help for their problems. Social stigma compounds their need to hide and causes untold harm, as they keep the problems secret from the outside world in an effort to keep their family ‘safe’ and together. Nacoa’s work is all about planning for a more positive future. An opportunity for children and young people to see that the world can be different from the one they’ve always know and that they can, with help, go on to live happy and fulfilled lives and break the cycle of addiction.
Nacoa has four broad aims:

1. To offer information, advice and support to children of alcohol-dependent parents
2. To reach professionals who work with them
3. To raise their profile in the public consciousness
4. To promote research into the problems they face and the prevention of alcoholism developing in this vulnerable group