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'Dying for a Drink' - one man's story of recovery

Dave Brice is now a counsellor. Photo: ITV News

To mark the end of Alcohol Awareness Week, we have been hearing the remarkable story of Dave Brice, who is now a successful counsellor.

He is proof you can turn your life around even when you've reached absolute rock bottom.

Alcohol nearly killed him, but he fought back and his life is now unrecognisable from just a few years ago.

As a counsellor he's now helping others turn their lives around.

Dave tried to kill himself using a car. Credit: ITV News

I tried killing myself in a car. I crashed it into a house and smashed myself right up. I was 3 times over the legal limit. It got to a point were I was nearly drinking 250 units of alcohol a week.

That had a massive impact on my health. I was given a year to live if I carried on drinking.

– Dave Brice, former alcoholic
Dave's drinking got so bad, it could have killed him. Credit: ITV News

Following his prognosis, Dave decided to turn his life around and stop drinking.

He is now a counsellor for Hawkspring, a service that supports drug and alcohol recovery.

The skills that you learn when you commit to recovery, there is nothing that will stand in your way. I decided that because I couldn't drink, I would start hiking hills.

I lost a lot of weight. I wanted to be able to apologise to my son for what I did to him and what I put him through. I had the pleasure of climbing Snowden with him.

I get more of a buzz with life then I ever did with alcohol. My life is a thousand times better now.

– Dave Brice, former alcoholic
Hawkspring provide help to those recovering from drug and alcohol problems. Credit: ITV News
  • For more information about the work that Hawkspring do, click here:
  • For help with alcoholism, you can speak to the Harbour Centre in Plymouth or the EDP in Exeter.
  • If you or someone you know is affected by alcohol dependency, you can contact Alcohol Concern for support.

You can hear Dave's full story below:

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