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'I can't believe I was so stupid'
The 17-year-old said young people were blasť about drink driving
Senior police officers have warned that a growing number of young people aged between 17 and 24 in the UK are drinking and driving.

Here, a 17-year-old talks of his regret after crashing his car having drunk several bottles of beer and other alcoholic drinks at a party. He has asked to remain anonymous.

I don't know why I did it. To this day I just can't remember what possessed me to get in my car and go for a drive.

I had never done it before. It must have been the alcohol clouding my judgement, I wasn't thinking straight.

I guess I thought it would be funny, a good laugh. A friend said they would come with me. When I think how bad it could have been I shudder.

I had driven to the party in the evening and intended to stay the night before driving home after sobering up.

Lots of my friends were there and I probably drank between eight and 10 bottles of beer and other drinks.

My memory of the night is that I was very drunk. Suddenly I had the idea to go for a drive. There was no need for it, I wasn't going anywhere or going to get anything.

'It was frightening'

We went around the country roads near the place where the party was being held in a house. On my way back I had the accident.

I just lost control going around a tight bend. I don't remember how fast I was going or anything about it really. I must have been going too quickly.

The car ended up crashing off the side of the road and ending up in a ditch.

It was frightening. Luckily neither myself nor my friend was hurt. But it could have been so much worse.

The car was a write off. I was really shaken up.

People said just learn from it but I couldn't just forget it. I rang Connexions, the young persons' helpline, because it was really getting to me.

'Everyone binge drinks'

I could have killed myself or my friend. It would have been terrible for my friends and family.

In the worst case scenario I would have killed a pedestrian or cyclist, which could have easily happened. I can't believe I was so stupid.

I was really lucky and I'll never do it again. You think you can drive but your reactions are so slow. Everything rushes on you really quickly when you're driving while drunk.

Young people are becoming more blasť about drink-driving. Many of my friends will drive home from the pub over the limit.

Everyone binge drinks these days so people think they're fine if they haven't had what they usually drink.

But they have usually had much more than is safe.

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