Calls to the U.K.'s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children's (NSPCC) Childline helpline paint a worrying picture of the way in which parents' drink and drug problems affect their children. In the year up to March 5,700 children called to say they were worried about their parents' drinking or drug use - over 100 a week. 35% said that they had suffered physical abuse, more than three times the rate among other children who called. 20% mentioned issues with family conflicts while 10% spoke of sexual abuse.
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