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When dad quits drinking, kids see less conflict at home, study says

Men who get treatment for alcoholism don't just improve their own health and wellbeing, they also transform their children's home life for the better, according to a recent study.Researchers found that families in which the father struggled with alcoholism experienced more conflict than families with a non-alcoholic father. But after alcoholic men sought treatment for their addiction, conflict levels in their homes fell close to those of the comparison families."Alcohol dependence, as well as its treatment, are complicated," said Daniel Rounsaville, lead author of the study and a psychologist at Meadow's Edge Recovery Center in North Kingston, Rhode Island."It's great to know that the treatment doesn't just help the individual, but also the larger family system, that there are trickle-down effects of the treatment," Rounsaville told Reuters Health.The study included 67 Massachusetts couples with a male partner seeking treatment for alcoholism and with children between the ages of four ...

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