Parental Substance Misuse

Definition

Parental substance misuse is a dependence on, or regular excessive consumption of, alcohol or psychoactive substances leading to social, psychological, physical or legal problems that negatively  impact on the health and wellbeing of their children.

Living in a household where a parent or carer misuses substances doesn’t mean a child will experience abuse but it is a risk factor.

Women who misuse substances during pregnancy may put their babies at risk of impaired brain development, congenital malformations, premature delivery, low birth weight and withdrawal symptoms after birth.

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