Rather shocking and sad, this seems like something one would read in a tabloid and not at physorg.com:

The youngster was one of 13 people under the age of 12 who were diagnosed as alcoholics by the state-run National Health Service (NHS) in central England between 2008 and 2010.

Health officials declined to give details of the three-year-old’s condition or disclose the toddler’s identity due to patient confidentiality rules.

The article also states that the National Health Service takes this type of addiction very seriously and it has “specialist teams” to deal with young alcoholics.

While I agree that it should be taken seriously, does the existence of such teams not indicate a more serious problem — that being a demand high enough for the existence of specialist? 13 children in 2 years? That doesn’t seem that high but, given the diagnoses, anything over 0 is disgusting.

In this particular case, what disturbs and troubles me is the fact there is no mention of exactly how a three year old became an alcoholic. I mean was he or she also the world’s youngest emancipated minor? Why is it that in all things scribed, granted only 7 paragraphs, there is no mention of parents? or how a 3 year old got alcohol? For that matter how did the other 12, under 12 years old, get alcohol?