(Metro) — Children as young as five are ringing a helpline to hear bedtime stories because their alcoholic parents are too intoxicated.
Some of the youngsters call the counsellors at the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa) so regularly their favourite story books are kept by the phones.
According to a parliamentary group there are 2.5 million children of alcoholics in the UK.
Hilary Henrqiues, the Nocoa charity’s chief executive, said on one occasion a counsellor had to help a five-year-old girl call 999 when her drug and alcohol addicted mother had locked herself in the bathroom overnight.
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