Amy Enright, 25, had been given vouchers to attend a photography studio on August 5 in Manchester but became so nervous and ‘overwhelmed’, she knocked back vodka in the dressing room while getting ready.

She was so intoxicated a stylist was unable to do her hair and makeup, she was slurring her words and struggling to sit upright for photos.

Workers called the police as they were concerned for the welfare of a child she was looking after.

Prosecutor Peter Conoray said: ‘When she arrived at 10.20am she initially appeared to be ok and did not smell of alcohol or appear intoxicated at all. But from the point that she sat down to get prepared for the shoot, she was asking to go in and out of the private changing room.

‘The attendant at the studio was beginning to struggle to do her hair because the defendant became increasingly intoxicated, slurring her words and struggling to sit upright.

‘She was in the studio approximately for 10 minutes and at this point was asked to leave because of her behaviour.

‘A colleague walked the defendant and child out and a couple of minutes later she returned as she’d forgot some of her belongings. Workers contacted the police as they were concerned for the welfare of the child.’

When officers arrived Enright seemed ‘unsteady and confused’ and could barely string a sentence together.

‘She initially said her last drink was at 1am in the morning but officers were not convinced and she was asked again when she had last drunk and at this point she said around 6 or 7am. Officers searched her bag and found half a bottle of vodka,’ added Mr Conoray.

An unnamed child she was looking after at the time was taken to relatives.

Enright, who lives with her parents in Sale near Altrincham, sobbed at Manchester Magistrates’ Court as she admitted being drunk in charge of a child and was fined £120.

Her lawyer said she ‘rarely leaves home’ due to an anxiety condition said Enright was not an alcoholic.

In mitigation, defence lawyer Karl Benson said: ‘She does accept she struggled to speak to the officer and that may be partly due to intoxication and due to social anxiety.

‘The defendant is not an alcoholic and does not drink every day but she drinks sometimes with her parents at home.

‘Drinking on this occasion was due to the fact she didn’t feel capable of going out merely to get a photo taken at a studio. She’s very introverted and has no friends and doesn’t go out and she made a mistake by having alcohol.

‘She is eager to to get help for her difficulties. She has a social anxiety disorder and extreme anxiety and panic attacks and is a very vulnerable young lady.

‘She has a great deal of remorse and I don’t think this lady wishes to come back to the court ever again.

‘She’s so ashamed by what she’s done and knows she’s made a very serious mistake and one she won’t be repeating.’

Enright was also ordered to pay £119 in costs and surcharges.

Justice of the Peace Larry Collier told her: ‘This was a relatively serious offence. The police described you as being very unsteady on your feet and confused and smelling of alcohol which indicated to us that you were drunk.

‘I’m not going to go into a lecture but you do have a duty of care when you are with a child and you have failed in that duty.’