A three year old kid living in West Midlands, UK, was diagnosed Britain’s youngest booze sufferer by the Doctors treating him in the hospital.
Un-named for obvious reasons, the child reveals symptoms of having been given alcoholic beverages repeatedly for at least six months. Just like many other alcohol addicted individuals he shows withdrawal symptoms such sudden mood swings and involuntary shakes.
The toddler is only one of 13 children under 12 years old diagnosed alcoholic by the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust between 2008 and 2010.
“To be diagnosed alcoholic, it’s possible this child would have shown a physical dependency.” said Nicolay Sorensen, of Alcohol Concern.
“They would have had to ingest enough to cause withdrawal symptoms. It is a horrifying case.” Alcohol awareness group Drinkaware said childhood boozing could disrupt brain development.
This ‘new young age record’ replaces the last case identified regarding a girl of eight from Dundee.
The mentioned girl used to smuggle drinks from her parents’ bar and developed “a serious problem”, getting “steaming drunk” four or five times a week.