'Vodka nearly killed me'

After drinking a litre of vodka with her friends to celebrate the end of term, Anna started to slip into a coma.

It was nearly the end of term and, to celebrate, one of Anna’s friends suggested they get drunk. “One of the boys looks older, so he went to buy us alcohol,” says Anna, 15. “I asked for an alcopop, but he brought back a litre bottle of vodka.

“I hated the taste, but I decided I’d drink the whole bottle – and that’s exactly what I did. The others shared fizzy wine. I remember being sick, but I don’t remember much more.”

Around 10.30pm, Anna was found slumped outside the youth club. For 10 minutes, friends tried but failed to get her to open her eyes.

An ambulance was called. The crew couldn't rouse her. It was 11.15pm. Her heart rate was dangerously low.

As Anna was rushed to East Surrey Hospital in Redhill, her mother Joanna received the terrible news: her daughter was unconscious. “I just froze,” she says. “When I reached A&E, Anna was on a trolley with drips in her nose and a drain down her throat.

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“The doctors opened her eyes and shone a torch into them, and her eyes had rolled right back. They asked me whether she took drugs, but I said no," says Anna. "Funnily enough, I'd never worried about alcohol. She didn’t even like the taste.

"The doctors managed to bring her round in A&E and they were pumping fluids into her. She had serious dehydration, but they got her to respond.”

But at 3am, the monitors connected to Anna began bleeping loudly. Her heart rate had plummeted. Anna was going into a coma, so they started injecting her with drugs to revive her. She seemed to be dying.

"For nearly an hour, medical staff tried different drugs," says Joanna. "Luckily, she stabilised again, and the alarms went quiet. Her colour improved and she started to breathe more deeply.

"Then at 5am, Anna suddenly sat up and said, ‘Where am I? I need the loo!’ She’s vowed never to get drunk again. She’s learnt her lesson."

“I can’t stand the smell of alcohol now," says Anna.

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xx-lisa-xx said on 27 August 2008

I REALY DONT UNDERSTAND THE OBSESSION WITH DRINK! IM 15 AND I WILL ADMIT I DO DRINK OCCASIONALLY MAYBIE A LITLE TO MUCH WHEN I DO BUT MY BOYFRIEND DRINKS EVERYDAY HE HAS BEN IN HOSPITAL NEARLY 3 TIMES THIS YEAR ALREADY! MY BROTHER IS 24 WITH AN ANGER & DRINK PROBLEM AND HAS TO GO TO COUNCELING BECAUSE THE DRINK MAKES HIM WORSE. HES BEEN DRINKIN SINCE HE WAS 12 AND SINCE THEN ALL THERE EVER IS IS CONSTANT ARGUMENTS AND FIGHTS IN MY HOUSE ITS UNBEARABLE AND LMOST IMPOSSIBLE 2 LIVE WITH. THERE IS NOTHIN WRONG WITH HAVING A DRINK BUT WHEN IT GETS OUT OF CONTROLL IT RUINS LIVES. TRUST ME IVE SEEN IT ALMOST ALL MY LIFE.

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Anonymous said on 09 August 2008

I am 15 and have been drinking since i was 14, and i had close to the same experience with VODKA ... me and my friends were out and it was NOT the first time we drank, far from it. But we decided to get vodka for the first time and the 3 of us, not knowing what vodka does to you, decided to get a liter and a point. we drank it all and me and my best friend ending up being brought to the hospital.I do not remember more than 5 minutes of that night, and i was out for a good 3 hours. And sadly, I didn't learn my lesson - everyone says , oh i wish teenagers would just learn there lesson, but being a teenager is hard and having friends that drink is even harder .. i still drink everynow and then but I NEVER push my limit anymore .. once im even alittle drunk i know when to stop. I know its not that best step but its a big step for me and will keep me alive.

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HolleeBabes ;) said on 08 July 2008

Same Happend To Me .. I Never Learnt My Lesson Tbh =/

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Phillip loves Bob. said on 05 June 2008

I found this really sad.
i cryed for about an hour. When i was 14 i am now 56 i did the same thing.
blesss me.

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anonymous said on 28 May 2008

My Best Friend was rushed into hospital when she had drunk too much .. she was paraletic. This happened to her only last year when she was 13. But she still drinks and she still gets drunk. Everyone drinks now a days ... so i dont think any one will stop her (even thou iv tried). She hasn't learnt her lesson.

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Sophie :] said on 29 April 2008

the same thing happened to me, i definitely learnt my lesson!

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Shannen said on 14 April 2008

i cant believe that achocol could kill you like that but im glad u learnt ur lesson and u shouldnt be drinking at that age anyway.
it must of been a hell of ashock for ur parents

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Anonymous said on 08 April 2008

I don't think she will really learn her lesson. I have friends who have also been in hospital - drink related - and it took them around 1 month to be out drinking again. Teenage drinking is a problem in British culture and we need to sort it out before it affects more people.

I am 16.. not some adult who thinks they know what teenagers and alcohol is like now. Times have changed.. not necessarily for the better.

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corey said on 11 March 2008

well played :)
Drink sensibly or not at all

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