3yo Alcoholic

Katherine - posted on 03/15/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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A three-year-old alcoholic? Really? Yup, it’s sad but apparently true.

In Britain they have diagnosed and made claim to their youngest alcoholic ever. And we’re not talking about a toddler who likes to have the occasional pint, this three-year-old child reportedly had a very real alcohol dependency.

How does this happen? An expert said that the child would have had to been given alcohol continuously throughout at least a six-month time period to reach this level. Fortunately he is now under a doctor’s care where the child went through withdrawal symptoms like shaking and “wild mood swings.”

“To be diagnosed an alcoholic … they would have had to ingest enough to cause withdrawal symptoms,” a spokesperson for the advocacy group Alcohol Concern told newspaper The Telegraph.

“Whatever the circumstances, it is a truly horrifying case and raises very serious child protection issues.”

My question is, who starts giving booze to a toddler? And why?

This is infuriating! I know it's custom for younger children to have some wine with certain dinners or on certain occasions, but this????????
I know it isn't three and this is exactly why I don't allow my MIL to give my girls a "sip" of beer. That makes me sooo mad. She thinks it's funny, well I think it's horrible. There are many forms of child abuse but this one takes the cake as the most unusual and just I can't even think of a word.

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Isobel - posted on 03/16/2011

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Of course it's abusive...the parents are obviously alcoholics themselves who either passed out with alcohol out for the baby...or (more likely I think) put it in his bottle to shut him up.

Sad, broken people :(

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Its abuse 100% and they should remove any child from there parents care who was dependent on alcohol.WTF.. and a 3year old child at that..crazy...If this child has been taken, i hope they find the child a new home.

Nikkole - posted on 03/16/2011

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IDK i could see a kid getting a beer left on a table and taking a drink and it could be a little funny but being DEPENDENT on alcohol WTF the parents need to be put in jail! My son is 3 and my friends and husband was drinking beer one night and he kept bugging my husband to give him some he kept saying no its not good well he FINALLY gave in and said ok well my son took not even a sip and started YELLING " MOMMY I NEED A DRINK OF WATER ITS GROOOOOOSSSS BLAH BLAH BLAH" now that is kinda funny and he hasn't asked for a drink of it since so i guess it taught him that beer is nasty which is a good thing ;)

Amy - posted on 03/16/2011

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Well, let me tell you, my SIL was giggling and bragging that her son snuck half a beer when they weren't looking. "ha ha, his first baby hangover". I just looked at her and said...that is NOT funny. I thought that was bad. Not that he snuck it - I mean, kids can get sneaky, but she was bragging about it like it was awesome he could handle his booze.

So where parents get drunk and pass out and the kids is awake and wandering and drinking leftovers..I can see how it would happen.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/16/2011

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I read this last night, and it made me so infuriated that I could not even respond. My sister has MADE herself and alcoholic....I say this becouse she did not like to drink and would force herself to....long story...this is not the debate, I brought it up for this next reason. It took her 2 years of drinking almost daily to get tto the point of detox shaking....then 2 more years to get to the point of complete black outs. I am so fucking disgusted about this poor child. Who the hell would do something like this? Kids do not like the taste or even smell of alchohol...what were they doing slipping it into the bottle? Just unbelievable.

Katherine - posted on 03/16/2011

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Excerpt from cafemom

The American Medical Association has done studies using magnetic resonance imaging of the brains of 14- to 21-year-olds who abused alcohol and those of non-drinkers. That study found that drinkers had about 10 percent smaller hippocampi -- the area of the brain that handles memory and learning. The damage is likely irreversible.

That means that these parents, awful as they are, are even worse than we thought. They have let their child irreversibly damage his brain. Note that the studies the AMA conducted were done on "children" 14-21. Three years old is unheard of. No one would even conduct such a study because it shouldn't even be a possibility.

Meghan - posted on 03/16/2011

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It may be a custom for younger children to on occasion have sips of alcohol, but as said *edit to add* this is a toddler....are these parents celebrating every fucking holiday/occasion known to man???

This happened where...Britain? It isn't a third world country that has no access to google, books or medical advice. Totally disgusting!

Jodi - posted on 03/15/2011

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I saw a news article on this. The parents should be shot. It's disgusting.

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