What to say? In the continuing saga of parents who don’t have a shred of werewithal comes the disturbing tale of Britain’s youngest alcoholic: a 3 year old child.
telegraph.co.uk: The child has been treated in hospital after being given alcohol regularly for six months.
The unnamed youngster, from the West Midlands, was one of 13 children who were diagnosed alcoholic by the Heart of England NHS Trust between 2008 and 2010.
In the same period, 106 teenagers aged 13 to 16 were also treated for their addiction to alcohol.
Nicolay Sorensen, a spokesman for Alcohol Concern, said: “To be diagnosed alcoholic, it’s possible this child would have shown a physical dependency. They would have had to ingest enough to cause withdrawal symptoms.
A physical dependency to breast milk we can believe, but a physical dependency to a shot of shnapps?
Sarah Matthews, spokeswoman for the British Liver Trust, said: “This is an extreme case and definitely one of the youngest cases of alcoholism we have heard of.
“However, it does raise the issue of the accessibility of alcohol and how normal it has become. The power of cheap alcohol, availability and promotion makes it very difficult for people to consider their health when making decisions about if they drink and how much.”
One can only begin to wonder what was running through the parent(s) mind in subjecting their child to this behavior, but ultimately one has to wonder the wider picture of how society is becoming increasingly derelict that 3 year old children are now keeling over in a moral abyss.
Let’s hope next week it’s not a 2 year old we’ll all be reading about…