Relationship between Alcoholism and Family Cohesion: A Gender Analysis of Kigio Location, Gatanga District, Kenya
Mwangi, Alice w.
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The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of alcoholism on family cohesion in selected households in Kigio location in Gatanga District. The objectives of the study were to establish the effect of alcohol on family income, find out the relationship between parents alcohol intake and children's education, establish alcohol influences on the distribution of resources in female and male headed households and find out the effect of alcohol on family stability. The results reviewed that parental alcoholism had a negative impact on the education of the children and that the men were most affected. Alcohol abuse affected husband-wife relationship in, intimate partner violence, increased conflict, nagging, blame, emotional and physical abuse, poor sexual relationship and guilt. Based on the study findings, the following conclusions were drawn, that exposure to alcoholism in the family was strongly related to incest, homicide, high school dropout rate, gender based violence, increased STIs, HIV/AIDS, divorce and more female headed than male headed households.