Calum Best: Brought Up By Booze

Published on 25th February 2017 by

George Best was one of the stars of his generation, he was to football fans in the 60’s what Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are to the fans of today, Matt Busby built a team around Best at Manchester United and was rewarded with a European Cup win in 1968. But his career was tainted by controversy, he was a playboy and a heavy drinker. He was famously later given a liver transplant after 30 years of alcoholism, only to hit the booze again.

In this hour long BBC documentary from 2009 his son Calum Best, now a celebrity in his own right, explores his families alcoholism and discusses what it was like being brought up as the child of an alcoholic. He also meets with other people who had their childhoods affected by hard drinking parents. In the UK it is estimated that 1.3 million children are being raised in a household where at least one parent abuses alcohol.

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