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Children as young as five ringing helpline for bedtime story as parents too drunk! 

Parents are getting that drunk children as young as five are ringing helplines so they can hear bedtime stories because their mammy and daddy are too drunk to tuck them into bed. 

Last year 32k children called the helpline. Some children call that often they keep their favourite story books are kept by the phones.

 The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa) has revealed the shocking scale of things with so regularly their favourite story books are kept by the phones.

It’s believed there are 2.5 million children of alcoholics within the UK who are suffering in silence and being left to their own devices while mummy and daddy sit watching TV getting drunk and neglecting their children. 

Often children as young as five are being forced to put themselves to bed and call the help line. So far 33k kids have had bed time stories read to them. 

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.

When paramedics arrived they found the woman had died.

In another shocking case a seven year old girl rang on Christmas Day after her parents got so drunk she hid under the bed on Christmas Day.

The girl was so scared and  had received no presents and wanted to hear a story about her imaginary friend named  a dog called Bruce.

If your suffering in silence please feel free to call the helpline on 08003583456 or visit NACOA online

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