Even as the age of alcohol addiction aorund the world plummets, news reports are quoting the case of a 17-year-old girl who is hooked to alcohol that she gulps down one litre of vodka and eight cans of beer - every day!
And the addiction is so severe that Jamie-Lee Day even punched her mum in the face when she refused to buy her more alcohol.
AdvertisementJobless Jamie-Lee, who was hooked on booze at 12, has confessed that she spends most of her 47 pounds-a-week benefits on her addiction.
She has even been in trouble with the police for a string of drunken brawls, but has claimed that it's not her fault.
The youngster had slid into alcoholism because of which her schoolwork collapsed and she turned increasingly wild and aggressive.
By 15, she had moved from cider to bottles of spirits to get drunk quicker and now this resident of south Wales is so hooked that she has claimed that she "can drink Absinthe like water".
"I do feel guilty, but I need booze to get through life and would rather buy vodka than food," The Daily Star quoted her as saying.
She added: "My mum worries, so she helps with food shopping and bills, leaving me cash for drink. Sometimes alcohol makes me want to fight, sometimes I just cry."
And it was her mum Meryl who became the target of her daughter's anger, as she tried to tackle her drink problem.
Meryl 35, said: "I'd try to talk to her, but she'd attack me. I had scratch marks on my arms and bruises where she punched me in the face."
Other than having a referral order for carrying a knife while drunk, Jamie-Lee also has a two-year supervision order for assault and could face jail on re-offence.