Calls made to our helpline about drinking and drugs typically rocket during December, with at least 1 a day being passed to social services because a child is in danger.
That's why we're urging the public to speak up if they think that a child is at risk.
Last December these referrals increased by 50%, and we alerted authorities 30 times about parents bingeing on drink and drugs compared to 20 the previous year.
This is not a problem which occurs exclusively during the festive season. But our professional counsellors do see a rise at this time of year with calls coming typically from neighbours, relatives, and the public.
"I'm really worried about the safety of a child who lives nearby. I regularly see his parents under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Sometimes I can hear them shouting and screaming profanities at each other whilst the child is in the home. It's really upsetting."