News in Focus: Young brandy binge drinker pushes past bad habit

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 September 2015 | UPDATED: 15:41 30 September 2015

Alcohol can come to dominate people's lives         						               Photo: Thomas Eisenhuth/DPA/PA Images

Alcohol can come to dominate people's lives Photo: Thomas Eisenhuth/DPA/PA Images

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One young girl’s nasty habit of binge drinking spirits nearly destroyed her life – until an intervention by Subwize.

The 18-year-old, who asked to remain anonymous, said she began drinking to socialise but things got out of hand.

“I was 14 or 15 and I was buying brandy from the shops and drinking half of it in a day,” she said.

“Looking back, it was irresponsible of them to serve me – but the real problem was that I didn’t take my life seriously enough.

“Subwize helped me take responsibility for myself.”

She was helped with an apprenticeship, taught interview techniques and shown how to write a personal statement – but what she most appreciated was having someone to talk to.

“They won my trust,” she said. “They became my friends. They built up my confidence, they taught me self-reliance.

“They treated me with respect – and after a few years I had totally recovered. It’s really scary thinking where I would have ended up if they hadn’t helped me.”

So inspired was she by the team at Subwize, she now intends to become a support worker herself.

“I’ve been through it myself, so now I want to help people on the wrong path,” she said.

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