“Alcohol wasn’t really a thing when I was growing up. My parents only drank an occasional sherry or half lager on special occasions and from my teens I was taking medication for epilepsy which meant I couldn’t drink — if I did I increased my risk of a seizure.
So my first encounter with alcohol as a destructive force was a real shock, one that left me quite literally scarred for life.
To be fair it’s not a big scar — about two inches long at the top of my right thigh.
That was the side the car hit me in the college car park.
I had just come out of the college welcome disco with my friends and was looking for my Dad’s car for my lift home.
From nowhere a car sped towards us and, uncomfortable in heels, I was unable to run fast enough to get out of the way. I remember rolling on to and then back off the car bonnet before watching its tail-lights as they disappeared into the dark.
Turns out the driver was a fellow student a couple of years older than myself who had a few drinks and thought he would still be okay to drive home. Since he didn’t stop he never got charged with drink-driving. When he was tracked down he claimed he only had a couple of drinks and would have been under the limit.
Maybe he was, who knows?
Today, if I’m driving I won’t have a drink — not even one. Legally I could have a small wine or a gin and tonic, but I know my brain isn’t functioning at its full capacity after that first drink so it’s just not worth the risk.
I don’t want to scar anyone else’s life.”
Do You Know If You Are Over The Limit?
Dumbarton Area Council on Alcohol provides information on the Chief Medical Officer’s low risk drinking guidelines and unit measures.
Call 01389 731456 or 0141 9520881 or pop into our offices at Westbridgend Lodge, Westbridgend, Dumbarton G82 4AD or 82 Dumbarton Road, Clydebank G81 1UG.
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