A child in such a family may have a variety of problems; Guilt, Anxiety, Embarrassment, Inability to have close relationships, Confusion, Anger, Depression. The child feels lonely and helpless to change the situation.
Some children of alcoholics may act like responsible "parents" within the family and among friends. They may cope with the alcoholism by becoming controlled, successful "overachievers" throughout school, and at the same time be emotionally isolated from other children and teachers. Their emotional problems may show only when they become adults.