Brits Ballistic Over Boozy Babies | The Fix
facebook twitter RSS
HOT TOPICS: Alcoholism  Addiction  AA  Cocaine  Heroin

Brits Ballistic Over Boozy Babies

Tabloids keep turning up trashed toddlers! Nation in a tizzy!


Britain's boozing babies: Not exactly as described
Photo via declubz

By Kirwan Gray


| Share

What's up with all the drunken toddlers suddenly popping up in the British tabs? Apparently not much. But the misleading tabloid campaign to publicize the plight of the nation's tiny alcoholics has nonetheless provoked a near-panic across the country. The hoopla began a couple of weeks ago when a three-year old child poisoned by alcohol was rushed to the emergency ward, and was officially recorded as an “alcoholic.” Sarah Matthews, spokeswoman for the British Liver Trust, said: “This is an extreme case and definitely one of the youngest cases of alcoholism we have heard of.” (Not to be outdone, a rival paper discovered an alkie who was only one. Soon after, a six-year-old who cluelessly downed a batch of drugs found in his home was dubbed Britain’s youngest drug addict. We know that youthful drinking is a problem, and we have covered the issue before. But of course none of the kids above were really drunks or addicts; and their parents didn’t pump them up full of booze and drugs. The take-home point of the incidents is an obvious but important one: Don’t leave drugs or alcohol around where young children can get at them. The hospitals themselves aren’t fooled—Royal Bolton Hospital in Lancashire says that many of the incidents involving young children “are thought to be accidents caused by parents giving sick children too much medicine, or toddlers helping themselves to drinks,” according to the U.K. Express.

Mystery solved.

Rehabilitation Directories

Most Popular
Sober Living
An Audience with Gabor Maté

According to the rock star of addiction theory, every addict had a traumatic childhood whether they realize it or not.

The Rehab Review
Cliffside Malibu

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious, appealing and commendable 4.5 star (our system doesn't yet show the 1/2 star) San Diego rehab has a program for you. 


This exclusive Northern California rehab is all about client choice—as well as golf outings, Buddhist field trips and keeping up with the office.

Capo By The Sea

Capo By The Sea offers an executive rehab program complete with medical detox and a focus on dual-diagnosis issues, as well as an outpatient option in an environment that exudes the kind of beach house optimism one would expect from an Orange County recovery outfit.

Journey Malibu

Want many of the luxury amenities A-listers have come to expect—including an enormous backyard with a pool and patio, an herb garden, a volleyball net and a spectacular vista of the Santa Monica mountains—with a recovery program to match?

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab

What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

the fix tv