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driver87

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Thanks, I have been worrying. I do not and never had any alcohol issues and never been to the doctor with any such issues either. I only drink on the weekends, always woth friends or family, I don’t drink in the week, I am a social drinker that’s all. I drink a lot of water, work out eat well and walk miles everyday. I’ve just had a lot going on the past weekends 🙈
The walking, healthy eating and water consumption are commendable qualities but remember they have NO bearing on sobering you up or helping to lower your CDT for the blood test. Complete abstainance and time itself is the only way to go to pass with a low cdt result and you should do this at least 6 weeks prior to the medical. Good luck.
 

driver87

Well-known member
I was in the same position as you some months back and as someone on here once said, if DVLA are subjecting you to a medical for an alchohol related offence in order to get you back on the road, if you show them signs of still drinking in an unhealthy way, why would they give you a licence? If you really want something in life such as your licence back you have to give up some lifestyle habits. Sticking to the 14 units a week socially should be ok but everyones body responds differently and to give you peace of mind just abstain until medical.
 

Lucy0505

Member
The walking, healthy eating and water consumption are commendable qualities but remember they have NO bearing on sobering you up or helping to lower your CDT for the blood test. Complete abstainance and time itself is the only way to go to pass with a low cdt result and you should do this at least 6 weeks prior to the medical. Good luck.
thank you that’s the plan 4-6 weeks. I reckon I won’t get my paper work for another 2 weeks, then I shall book my medical for another 2-3 weeks after that leaving approx 4 weeks abstinence of not longer. I am also working on my dissertation and starting a boot camp Monday so I am very focused!
 

driver87

Well-known member
Having something to focus on is good. As I said I was in same position as you several months ago. I had my medical, now have my licence back and ban end in 12 days. I was abstaining for 5 weeks, a previous moderate drinker and blood came back at 0.9%. Was hoping for lower but it satisifed DVLA. They didnt write to my gp.
 

Lucy0505

Member
Having something to focus on is a good. As I said I was in same position as you several months ago. I had my medical, now have my licence back and ban end in 12 days. I was abstaining for 5 weeks, a previous moderate drinker and blood came back at 0.9%. Was hoping for lower but it satisifed DVLA. They didnt write to my gp.
That’s good, I’ve hardly drank over lockdown and since I’ve got done for drink driving I am very aware these days. I do enjoy a drink with friends on the weekends. I think with lockdown easing and catching up with friends etc I was like arhhh the other day, just realised I’ve probably drank / socialised more than I would and of liked to (weekends only, one or 2 days a week ) This whole not knowing what was going on with the Dvla Hasn’t helped either! I was supposed to be driving 10 June
 

BigMatt

Member
Afternoon all - I've been watching this thread with interest and I congratulate everyone who has received their licence back or are well on the way to doing so....good luck to those still waiting also.

My disqualification ended last week and I finally had an hastily arranged medical yesterday after DVLA contacted me last week. I was honest on the forms and told them I last drank on the last Saturday of July - this was before I had heard anything regarding a possible medical....it was a day/night session after a couple of weeks without drinking any alcohol at all and I had abstained in the 9 days leading up to my medical - which was only confirmed on Monday. I'm obviously now fretting that my CDT level could show as raised from that day, even though I'm not and have never been dependent on alcohol and only drink socially at weekends or on special occasions....

Would my CDT level only be high if I was a regular heavy drinker or could that one off 'session' cause the level to be higher than usual and class me as a test fail?

Thanks - Matt.
 

bev

Well-known member
Finally getting somewhere! I have a medical booked locally for 17/08/2020 after a surprise call this afternoon from the surgery. I am worried /excited all at the same time. I have had it on good authority that DVLA are now fully staffed once more.
 

Lucy0505

Member
Afternoon all - I've been watching this thread with interest and I congratulate everyone who has received their licence back or are well on the way to doing so....good luck to those still waiting also.

My disqualification ended last week and I finally had an hastily arranged medical yesterday after DVLA contacted me last week. I was honest on the forms and told them I last drank on the last Saturday of July - this was before I had heard anything regarding a possible medical....it was a day/night session after a couple of weeks without drinking any alcohol at all and I had abstained in the 9 days leading up to my medical - which was only confirmed on Monday. I'm obviously now fretting that my CDT level could show as raised from that day, even though I'm not and have never been dependent on alcohol and only drink socially at weekends or on special occasions....

Would my CDT level only be high if I was a regular heavy drinker or could that one off 'session' cause the level to be higher than usual and class me as a test fail?

Thanks - Matt.
As far I am aware the test can detect “binge drinking” etc and drinking more than 6 units
 

driver87

Well-known member
Afternoon all - I've been watching this thread with interest and I congratulate everyone who has received their licence back or are well on the way to doing so....good luck to those still waiting also.

My disqualification ended last week and I finally had an hastily arranged medical yesterday after DVLA contacted me last week. I was honest on the forms and told them I last drank on the last Saturday of July - this was before I had heard anything regarding a possible medical....it was a day/night session after a couple of weeks without drinking any alcohol at all and I had abstained in the 9 days leading up to my medical - which was only confirmed on Monday. I'm obviously now fretting that my CDT level could show as raised from that day, even though I'm not and have never been dependent on alcohol and only drink socially at weekends or on special occasions....

Would my CDT level only be high if I was a regular heavy drinker or could that one off 'session' cause the level to be higher than usual and class me as a test fail?

Thanks - Matt.
I hate to say this but seriously, if getting your licence meant anything, abstaining is something you should take seriously. The fact you are still heavily drinking so close to a medical shows regular misuse to alcohol which is why we ended up on this forum. If you want to cut out the worry so close to being tested, abstain.
 

Mishka81

Well-known member
Just wondered how long people have not drunk for before the medical
3 years. If you need to ask this question then I think you need to look at your drinking overall. Trying to cheat the system ends up with you cheating yourself
I hate to say this but seriously, if getting your licence meant anything, abstaining is something you should take seriously. The fact you are still heavily drinking so close to a medical shows regular misuse to alcohol which is why we ended up on this forum. If you want to cut out the worry so close to being tested, abstain.
must say I’m with you on this one. I always question people asked how to cheat the system, you only end up cheating yourself. You shouldn’t be asking ‘how long must I stop drinking for before I have my medical’ we have a DVLA medical because we have had a problem with drinking (or drug) and driving
 

BigMatt

Member
I hate to say this but seriously, if getting your licence meant anything, abstaining is something you should take seriously. The fact you are still heavily drinking so close to a medical shows regular misuse to alcohol which is why we ended up on this forum. If you want to cut out the worry so close to being tested, abstain.
That is a very judgmental statement to make.

I wasn't expecting to be offered a medical so soon due to the situation at DVLA....I'm no saint but I genuinely thought it would be late autumn before the DVLA contacted me. I've never been and never will be reliant on alcohol and that was a one off celebration.....I can go months without drinking and rarely go over the recommended 14 units per week.

Thanks for your in-constructive, unhelpful, patronising, condescending reply though.
 

Mishka81

Well-known member
That is a very judgmental statement to make.

I wasn't expecting to be offered a medical so soon due to the situation at DVLA....I'm no saint but I genuinely thought it would be late autumn before the DVLA contacted me. I've never been and never will be reliant on alcohol and that was a one off celebration.....I can go months without drinking and rarely go over the recommended 14 units per week.

Thanks for your in-constructive, unhelpful, patronising, condescending reply though.
Where you invited for a medical as a HRO? Or because you blew over the upper limit upon arrest?
 

BigMatt

Member
Where you invited for a medical as a HRO? Or because you blew over the upper limit upon arrest?
I'm an HRO yes, but a one off offence doesn't make me an heavy drinker.
I'm not getting into any arguments on here anyway, I know I'm not reliant on alcohol and that's what counts - we are all in the same boat on here and condescending, self righteous replies don't help anyone.
 

bev

Well-known member
Afternoon all - I've been watching this thread with interest and I congratulate everyone who has received their licence back or are well on the way to doing so....good luck to those still waiting also.

My disqualification ended last week and I finally had an hastily arranged medical yesterday after DVLA contacted me last week. I was honest on the forms and told them I last drank on the last Saturday of July - this was before I had heard anything regarding a possible medical....it was a day/night session after a couple of weeks without drinking any alcohol at all and I had abstained in the 9 days leading up to my medical - which was only confirmed on Monday. I'm obviously now fretting that my CDT level could show as raised from that day, even though I'm not and have never been dependent on alcohol and only drink socially at weekends or on special occasions....

Would my CDT level only be high if I was a regular heavy drinker or could that one off 'session' cause the level to be higher than usual and class me as a test fail?

Thanks - Matt.
HI, I have tried my best to look at the CDT test and how it works. I don't know if a one off would show or not. There are so many different sites all on this but the large majority say CDT levels will inevitably be raised if you drink alcohol. I guess its how much too. Sorry I can't help you any more than this.
 

Honestman

Well-known member
Can I ask your collective advice for HRO medical?

1. Once the DVLA get round to my medical do you have to get it done withing a prescribed time or can you book it in for whenever works for you?
2. Re the question on the number of times you have drunk more than 6 units in one sitting - can they tell from the CDT regardless of the reading or is the reading the crucial guide?
If you answer yes to more than 6 units in one sitting DVLA will class this as misuse.......be careful do your homework...
 

BigMatt

Member
HI, I have tried my best to look at the CDT test and how it works. I don't know if a one off would show or not. There are so many different sites all on this but the large majority say CDT levels will inevitably be raised if you drink alcohol. I guess its how much too. Sorry I can't help you any more than this.
Thank you for your response Bev.

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