Lauren Booth is a journalist, broadcaster and sought after public speaker.
She is also a COA campaigning for politicians to take this issue seriously.
“I grew up amid alcoholism, so I know the devastation the illness causes – not only for the sufferers but also their families. It is hard for a child to reach out, to admit that their parents aren’t ‘normal’; admitting you need help as a child means battling a great sense of betrayal. Not to reach out, to find a helping hand or an understanding listener can spell a lifetime of problems.”