3-year-old is Britain’s youngest booze sufferer

Updated: Mar 14, 2011, 13:08 PM IST

London: In what has been called a ‘horrifying’ case, a child aged just three years old has been treated for alcoholism at a hospital.

Doctors diagnosed the West Midlands toddler as Britain``s youngest booze sufferer, reports the Sun.

The un-named toddler is thought to have been given booze repeatedly for six months and would have suffered withdrawal symptoms of shakes and wild mood swings.

The youngster was among 13 children under 12 diagnosed alcoholic by the Heart of England NHS Trust between 2008 and 2010.

Nicolay Sorensen, of 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. It is a horrifying case."
Last month, a girl of eight from Dundee was identified as the youngest alcoholic. (ANI)