Jonathan Carson reports
Police have yet to lay charges against those responsible for getting a 9-year-old boy so drunk he was sick, and a top alcohol counsellor warns the case is a symptom of New Zealand’s shocking drinking culture.
The video sparked international attention and was viewed more than 400,000 times before being removed from the internet yesterday afternoon at the request of police.
It showed the boy with a can of bourbon and cola struggling to stand, being abusive and slurring his words at Fairfield Skate Park in Hamilton on Tuesday – his ninth birthday. He consumed eight cans and two liqueur shots and became so sick that he vomited and calling an ambulance was considered.
Police interviewed several people in relation to the incident yesterday, but no charges have been laid.
Police know who supplied the alcohol.
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