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Drinking experiment somewhat sobering

CHECKING LEVELS: Senior Constable Amber Scott with Steve Barlow, who is being breath-tested by Sergeant Tony Harm.
CHECKING LEVELS: Senior Constable Amber Scott with Steve Barlow, who is being breath-tested by Sergeant Tony Harm. Gary Worrall

IT MIGHT be a contradiction in terms, but a sober group of drinkers gathered in Gatton's Royal Hotel last week to take part in a Drink Rite with Gatton Police.

Organised by Senior Constable Amber Scott, the Drink Rite gives drinkers an opportunity to understand the impact of their preferred drink over the course of a night out.

Supported by the Royal Hotel, which provided the drinks for the participants, the Drink Rite activity is the first of a number planned for the region.

"This has been a real eye-opener for everyone involved," Snr Const Scott said. "I think it has had a real impact in educating them on the impacts of liquor consumption."

Snr Const Scott said the aim of the night was not to stop people drinking, but to have them consider the impacts of how much they drink, particularly in relation to drink-driving.

Snr Const Scott said the activity also gave drinkers an insight into how much a "standard" drink could vary, depending on the drink.

"This has given them the opportunity to see how many 'standard' drinks are in their favourite drink.

"In fact, four of the six participants said they felt much higher than they actually recorded, and would not even think about driving, even though they are below the legal limit."

Also on hand was Senior Constable Jon Reid, a forensic crash investigator for the Gatton Police District, who showed participants some of the harsh realities of drink-driving.

"My presentation used our police crash investigation images, which show the reality of drink-driving," Senior Constable Reid said.

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Gatton Star journalist Amy Lyne participates in Drink Rite on Thursday, November 13.
Gatton Star journalist Amy Lyne participates in Drink Rite on Thursday, November 13. Gary Worrall

Gatton Star Journalist Amy Lyne participated in Drink Rite, here she tells how it all went

DRINK Rite gave me the opportunity to put my drinking to the test.

When drinking you could always rate yourself on a scale from tipsy to drunk to really drunk, but that is no indication of how under the influence you really are.

Everyone reacts differently to alcohol and to put this to the test myself and five others headed down to the Royal Hotel in Gatton on Thursday night all "in the name of science" as part of the Drink Rite event.

Ten minutes after each drink we had the opportunity to be breath-tested by a police officer to see what our blood alcohol concentration was.

Each participant stuck to one type of alcohol. I had apple cider which was equal to 1.4 standard drinks per bottle, while others had wine, beer and bourbon, ranging from one standard drink to 1.6.

We were all eager to see how many drinks it took for us to reach the legal limit and by the third drink, four out of five participants had reached it.

After my first drink I had a BAC of .038; the second .063; third .083; and by the fourth I had reached .113.

Being able to be breath-tested gave me a unique perspective, comparing the many people I see come through Gatton Magistrates Court on drink driving and other alcohol-related matters every week with the way I was feeling at the different BAC levels, knowing there was no way I should be in the driver's seat of a car.

Both participants and police deemed the event a success and it was definitely a great way to be educated on alcohol.

Topics:  alcohol, gatton, police


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