Authorities are puzzled by a Chinese toddler Cheng Cheng’s drink-of-choice, which is not the usual bottle of milk but instead lager - by the bottle full. The two-year-old, also known as ‘Little Winebibber,’ has been dubbed the world’s youngest alcoholic.
Cheng Cheng’s first time on the juice was at just 10-months-old when wine was the only thing that could silence his persistent cries. Before his first birthday, the toddler from Anhui Province could skull a bottle of beer like the best of them.
Now, addicted to the demon drink, Cheng Cheng screams for more alcohol when his parents attempt to ween him onto milk and soft drinks.
Two-year-old Cheng Cheng screams for bottles of wine and refuses milk or soft drinks
While doctors have warmed against the life-threatening damage being caused, his parents continue to joke about his impressive alcohol tolerance. The little boy has learned to hold his liquor given he can finish a whole bottle of beer without suffering any noticeable side effects.
His aunt Cai Teng said: "At that time, all of us in the family have already thought that this child can really drink a lot when he grows up," adding that whenever a family member drinks in his presence he screams until he is given some. “Sometimes he is really noisy, we have no options but let him to try a little bit of wine,” she said.
The story has sparked outrage within local media, with social services debating whether to place him in alternate care. According to doctors and social service workers the child’s future is at serious risk if the parents continue their half-hearted attempt to deny him alcohol.
His mother insists that she has tried to swap booze for more appropriate alternatives but said “his eyes are always on the alcohol bottles.”