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Polaris of Enlightenment

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Polaris of Enlightenment

Christmas drunkenness prompted many children to call the helpline

Published 22 January 2024
- By Editorial Staff
Many children have been affected by adult drinking during the Christmas holidays.

Over the Christmas holidays, the Bris helpline received more than 2600 calls from children, the highest number ever. A significant proportion of these calls related to adult alcohol consumption during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

The previous Christmas holiday was a peak period for BRIS with over 2400 calls from children. These calls have now increased further, with over 2,600 children seeking support over Christmas and New Year, an increase of 13% on the previous year.

– For children who are unwell, the holidays can be particularly difficult as routines and daily life change. There is time to think and feel, and at the same time many of the important adults who are around the child can sense how the child is feeling, says Magnus Jägerskog, Secretary General of Bris, in a press release.

Half of the calls are about mental illness and questions about depression, anxiety and suicide. Almost a quarter of the calls are about the family or family conflicts, while almost a fifth are about violence, injuries and abuse.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve calls are different from the usual, and it is clear that many children are affected by adult drinking during the holidays.

– We often talk in society about adult drinking and somewhere we all understand that it affects children, but when we participate in what children tell us in the support, it becomes clear.

The compilation is based on conversations between December 21 and January 6, which is the same measurement period as in previous years.

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