Alcoholism knows no age limit – one usually associates this habit with adults and, possibly a section of youngsters who have gone astray – but when a toddler takes to alcohol, it becomes a matter of concern. Alcoholics Anonymous would be surprised to learn that the youngest alcoholic in Britain is a 3-year old kid of Midlands.
The boy is undergoing treatment in a hospital and the hospital authorities have admitted that there are at least 70 children in the 13 to 16 age group undergoing treatment as well as a dozen or so of under-12s. This information has been made available under theof Information Act.
Under the circumstances, society must wake up to the terrors of kids getting addicted to alcohol. The fault would obviously lie with the parents and guardians who must be used to leaving bottles of drinks out in the open. They must also have gone drinking sprees which the kids must have witnessed. Then, as is the nature of kids, they must have tasted the liquid and, one sip led to another till they became addicts. It is a dangerous trend and raises serious questions of where is society headed.