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3-year-old alcoholic treated by hospital

March 16, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 3-year-old child has been treated for alcoholism at a hospital in central England.

Hospital officials say the child was treated by medical staff after being given alcohol regularly.

The lobby group Drinkaware says that any alcohol can disrupt a child's development.

The case highlights a new low in Britain's struggle to control a binge-drinking culture which has seen alcohol-related deaths double in the past two decades.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.