Full-blown alcoholism is never funny, but there was a time when Scott Disick's proclivity for heavy drinking was dismissed as more of a quirky personality trait than a serious threat to his health.
He was like Norm from Cheers, if the rest of the bar had been filled with people who were constantly dating rappers and taking photos of their own butts.
Now, sadly, Scott has reached the point where his drinking is definitively no laughing matter, and friends are said to be deeply concerned for the 34-year-old's health.
According to Radar Online, Scott is contending with several relatively serious health problems, and his inner circle believes things will only get far worse if he continues on the path that he's on.
“Scott’s on a fast track to liver disease the way he’s going,” a source close to Scott tells the website.
“His blood pressure’s not good either. There’s absolutely no way his body can carry on like this.”
The insider goes on to detail Scott's daily booze intake, and it sounds like the father of the three has reached the point of rivaling Hemingway and the other self-destructive drunks of yore:
“He’ll easily down several bottles of champagne in a day, a large bottle of vodka, tequila shots and wine – and that’s not sharing either,” says the source.
Disick has been a heavy drinker for at least as long as he's been in the public eye, but over the past couple years, the events of his personal life seem to have triggered a dangerous downward spiral that has him careening toward a potentially deadly rock bottom.
Not long after Disick's parents died within a few months of one another in 2013 and 2014, the reality star began experiencing a succession of rough patches in his relationship with Kourtney Kardashian, many of them of his own creation.
These days, the couple is broken up and sources say Scott's current bender is the result of his frustrations over Kourtney's relationship with Younes Bendjima.
The Kardashians find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place, as they're reportedly worried about Scott, but at the same time, their top priority is the safety and peace of mind of his three children with Kourtney.
Insiders say Disick will be required to take Breathalyzer tests before seeing his children, so as to ensure that he won't be spending time with them while intoxicated.
Kris Jenner and company hope the move will force Scott to put the bottle down entirely, as the toll taken by his lifestyle is reportedly beginning to show:
“He’s already starting to look kind of yellow in his pallor which has set off alarm bells his liver could be failing,” the source tells Radar.
“He looks jaundiced and has to get a spray tan to give himself a credible color.”
Here's hoping Scott gets the help he needs before it's too late.