Skip to main content

National Association for Children of Alcoholics ( NACOA)

The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa) is a registered charity no. 1009143, founded in 1990 to address the needs of children growing up in families where one or both parents suffer from alcoholism or a similar addictive problem.

This includes children of alcohol-dependent parents of all ages, many of whose problems only become apparent in adulthood.

    We have four broad aims:
  1. To offer information, advice and support to children of alcohol-dependent parents
  2. To reach professionals who work with these children
  3. To raise their profile in the public consciousness
  4. To promote research into:
  5. the particular problems faced by those who grow up with parental alcoholism
  6. the prevention of alcoholism developing in this vulnerable group of children

If you are a child of an alcoholic and would like talk to someone about your problems, then call our helpline, alternatively, e-mail us at or even write us a letter.

Calls to the helpline are free, and do not show up on landline phone bills. Calls from many mobile providers are also free but if your provider charges you and you have inclusive minutes you can dial 0117 924 3675 but please be aware this may show up on your bill.

Calls are confidential and there is no need to give us your name. Our lines can be busy but please keep trying and you will get through. There is also an answering service available.

Who to contact

0800 358 3456-Freephone no charge for mobile or landline
Back to top