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Children in Need special: Calum Best confronts realities of growing up with an alcoholic parent

Calum Best is the son of one of the greatest footballers of all time, George Best. He is also the son of an alcoholic.

In an intimate and challenging BBC Children in Need special, Calum Best confronts the harsh realities of growing up with an alcoholic parent.

Meeting some of the 1.3 million children who are growing up with a parent that abuses alcohol, and sharing with them intimate tales of his own upbringing, Calum begins to accept that his life continues to be affected even now by his father's drinking.

Brought Up By Booze takes Calum across the UK to meet young people who share stories of chaos and neglect, but also inspirational stories of determination not to end up like their parents.

What does George's addiction mean for Calum's future and will he ever understand the illness that killed his father?

In this raw and often distressing journey of a son still reaching for his dad, we see first hand the devastating effect that drink can have on alcoholics' children.

A True Vision Production for BBC One.

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