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Toddler Treated for Alcoholism

A 3-year-old toddler in the U.K. has been treated in a hospital for alcoholism, The Sun reported.
Doctors diagnosed the West Midlands toddler as Britain's youngest alcoholism patient.

The unnamed toddler is thought to have been given booze repeatedly for six months and suffered withdrawal symptoms such as shaking and wild mood swings.

The child was among 13 children under the age of 12 diagnosed with alcoholism 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."

Alcohol awareness group Drinkaware said childhood drinking could disrupt brain development.
Last month, a child from Dundee was identified as the youngest alcoholic.

Reports said she had started raiding her parents' drinks and then developed "a serious problem,” getting "steaming drunk" four or five times a week.’

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