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Nacoa (National Association for Children of Alcoholics)

Nacoa was founded in 1990 to address the problems faced by children growing up in families where one or more parents suffer from alcohol dependency. This includes children of all ages, many of whose problems only become apparent in adulthood.


Nacoa offers:

Besides our website where you can read other people's life experiences, Nacoa also has a free helpline 0800 358 3456 to provide information, advice and on-going support, helpline emails and message boards at

Nacoa also reaches professionals and promotes research. 


The Nacoa Promise:- 

We are here to listen

We won't judge

We are here to help for as long as you want

What you say WILL remain confidential

Who to contact

Contact Name
Volunteer Helpline Counsellor
Contact Position
Volunteer Helpline Counsellor
Administrator - 0800 358 3456
E-mail -

When is it on?

Time / Date Details
Friday, Saturday and Monday 12 noon to 7pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12 noon to 9pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Other Details


These are unprecedented times, as the corona virus spreads and our vital public services are forced to close, leaving families to fend for themselves.

We anticipate that, given the insecurity and dislocation of current events, children and young people living with parents who drink too much will be especially burdened during the forced closure of public services and social isolation.

The Nacoa helpline will be open throughout the closure period:

Here is a link to our Covid Online Resource Pack.

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