Did Bella 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, the situation blew up, got out of control: my daughter and I had massive arguments.

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

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

She had more money in her pocket to spend.

This casual attitude to money would become a major problem.

I thought her young and carefree: 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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