DDN 29 November 2004

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I was fortunate this week to be invited to a lecture, arranged by the National Association for the Children of Alcoholics (NACOA), which really got me thinking about the three-way relationship between child, parent and alcohol.

The highly successful journalist and broadcaster, Fergal Keane, was talking about his experiences as the child of an alcoholic father – and then as an alcoholic himself. What struck me most was how such a high profile professional could manage to stay focused on such a demanding job, while hiding his evening drinking binges from friends, colleagues and the public.

Claire Brown – Editor

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