COA Week 2024

Nacoa celebrates 15 years of COA Week

International Children of Alcoholics (COA) Awareness Week, the annual campaign to raise awareness of how children are affected by parental alcohol problems, is celebrating its 15th year.

The campaign, running from 11 until 17 February, and led in the UK by the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa), casts a light on the fact that 1 in 5 (around 2.6 million) children in the UK live with a parent who drinks too much.

This year, supporters can participate in a range of online and in-person events to support both children and adults who are struggling with their parents’ alcohol consumption.

More details of what’s on during COA Week can be found here.

People are also being encouraged to join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #COAWeek2024 and #URNotAlone.

How can you tell if someone has a drinking problem?

As a UKAS-accredited provider of alcohol testing services for family law professionals and social workers, we know all too well how chronic and excessive alcohol consumption can impact families.

We have previously worked with Nacoa as part of our Giving Back campaign, which raised almost £60,000 for charities working with vulnerable children and families, including Nacoa.

There are many ways that drinking too much can cause harm, including making a person more prone to health problems such as liver disease, affecting mental health, and encouraging increased risk-taking, which can lead to injuries and accidents.

However, it can sometimes be difficult to know whether someone is struggling with alcohol dependency, especially if they have taken steps to conceal the problem.

Here are a few signs you can look out if you have concerns:

  • Drinking at unusual times, such as the morning or lunchtime
  • Staying stocked up on alcohol, including hiding it in strange places such as the office or car
  • Behavioural changes such as lack of sleep, irritability or any behaviour that is generally out of character
  • Loss of memory caused by alcohol blackout, or trouble recalling events while intoxicated
  • Binge-drinking i.e. consuming large quantities of alcohol in a short space of time

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Whether you suspect someone of alcohol misuse, or simply need a test for personal reasons, AlphaBiolabs can help.

We are a leading UK alcohol testing laboratory, offering 100% accurate and reliable alcohol testing for members of the publicfamily law professionals and social workersthe workplace sector, and for official matters.

Our UKAS-accredited laboratory is equipped to test a variety of samples including blood, hair, and nails. We also offer alcohol monitoring in the form of SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring®.

Unsure which test is best for you? Call our friendly, knowledgeable Customer Services team now on 0333 600 1300 or email to discuss your requirements.

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