Sunday, October 18, 2015

New booklet "Childhood matters"

Alcohol and drug problems from a child rights perspective

Millions of children globally suffer as a consequence of the use of intoxicating substances like alcohol and illicit drugs. This is an important, but too often neglected, child rights issue. The new FORUT publication “Childhood matters” describes this problem and suggests action to be taken to protect children’s health and well-being.
Harm to others, i.e. harm to people around the users of alcohol or drugs, is a well-known but often forgotten side of the alcohol and drug problem. This is the case all over the world, in western countries as well as in developing societies. Because the use of alcohol or drugs is so wide-spread among adults, and in particular among men, in many cultures, many innocent children suffer. They experience a broad range of harm, including physical and sexual abuse, neglect, unpredictable and unprovoked incidents of violence, threats and verbal abuse.

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