Did Laura binge drink alcohol? In a word: YES.

Her consumption of alcohol was confined to Friday and Saturday nights, the odd bank holiday.

Did I think this was a problem? In a word: NO.

Her peers did the same. If I intervened in the volume Laura drank the situation blew up, got out of control. My daughter and I had massive arguments on this issue.

Was I happy about the amount of alcohol she was drinking? In a word: NO.

Laura got up in the mornings, caught the train to the city, attended her course at the dental hospital. Partied at weekends. We left it at that.

On the dental course, an old man took out his false teeth causing his face to collapse. Laura fainted, to the amusement of her colleagues. Laura amazed her family with her retention of knowledge, the clinical names she knew, and what they meant. She thrived at the hospital and passed her exams. Laura became a registered dental nurse. The hospital offered her a job on site and she took it.

Laura had more money to spend.

Her casual attitude to money would become a major problem.

I thought her young and carefree, I was happy for her to be so.

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I am the mother of two adult daughters, both much loved and cared for. The eldest thought she could handle social drinking and party drugs, she could not. There is a journey addicts relate to - their journey. As a mother I have healed through the written word. This is my journey.

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