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    regretfull89 is offline Member
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    May as well start a thread for worrying folk that may be in the same position I am in.

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    Had a massive binge one week before Christmas and on Christmas and on New Years day I had one can of beer after a long family walk, It's now 6.01.17 my medical is on 26.1.17. I can't re book my medical as I desperately need to drive again or its a case of being sacked. This is giving me roughly 3.5 weeks to lower my cdt levels. Previous to the Christmas binge I drank in November at a wedding.

    I occasionally have a binge on things like birthdays weddings christmas etc.
    Do not drink anything at all other than above, never through the week not even a quiet few beers, I'd rather pig out on junk food than sit in a pub drinking.

    Today I walked 5 miles, and started taking milk thistle and vit c tablets I'm also going to drink 3-5litres of water every day. I'm going to follow this routine right up to the point I need to give blood.

    I'll report back with the results as soon as I hear anything.

    Due To drive mid February.


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    shouldaknownbetter is offline Established Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by regretfull89 View Post
    May as well start a thread for worrying folk that may be in the same position I am in.

    Male
    27
    Reasonably active walking, gym, and work is active.

    Had a massive binge one week before Christmas and on Christmas and on New Years day I had one can of beer after a long family walk, It's now 6.01.17 my medical is on 26.1.17. I can't re book my medical as I desperately need to drive again or its a case of being sacked. This is giving me roughly 3.5 weeks to lower my cdt levels. Previous to the Christmas binge I drank in November at a wedding.

    I occasionally have a binge on things like birthdays weddings christmas etc.
    Do not drink anything at all other than above, never through the week not even a quiet few beers, I'd rather pig out on junk food than sit in a pub drinking.

    Today I walked 5 miles, and started taking milk thistle and vit c tablets I'm also going to drink 3-5litres of water every day. I'm going to follow this routine right up to the point I need to give blood.

    I'll report back with the results as soon as I hear anything.

    Due To drive mid February.
    Hi there
    I got a result of 1.0% with 23 whole dry days. Previous to my abstinence I was drinking a bottle of wine a day just about everyday, about 8-10 units a day. I too took milk thistle and a lot of other supplements (artichoke, turmeric and ginger). There's no scientific evidence that any of these work but they certainly can't hurt. I also upped my water intake considerably. All I would say is to be careful with very high water consumption..it is possible to OD on water and don't waste your money on vitamin C tablets. Ascorbic acid is water soluble and will just be flushed out of your body by all that water. Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and veg and you'll get all the vitamin C that you need along with all the other nutrients found in your 5 or 7 or 9 a day.

    Just stay off the booze until your medical and I'm sure you'll be fine.
    Good luck!

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    Hi I'm new to this site & need some help or advise for the medical test

    Am I correct in thinking it just the test for CDT or is all test for GGT , MCV , ALT AST as shown below

    Also do they contact your doctor for medical records

    GGT (Gamma GT) - Gamma-glutamyl transferase
    MCV (Mean Cell Volume) - Increased red blood cell size
    ALT - Alanine aminotransferase & AST - Aspartarte aminotransferase.
    The Secretary of State's Honorary Medical Advisory Panel has now decided that use of the CDT (Carbohydrate Deficient Transferrin) biomarker will now be used as the sole test for assessing the harmful use of alcohol for high risk offenders.

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    price1367 is offline TTC Group Associate Director
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    Default Re: Medical CDT

    You are correct, it is now solely a CDT Test.
    it may depend on the outcome of the CDT Test on if your doctor is contacted.
    the medical panel will review what you put on the questionnaire that you fill in. If they have concerns from that, they will contact your GP
    if your reading is between 2.3 and 2.9% they will contact your GP. Above that and they are likely to refuse your licence back at that time, just on the CDT outcome.

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    Dd my medical on the 26th. How long will I be waiting to hear back with my results? Will they write or email?

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    You will get your licence back in the post.... or a letter telling you that you have failed. The timescale varies according to if DVLA decide to contact you'd doctor for further information.
    you can ring them now and ask what the result is, some people have reported getting their licence back in only a week but for others the process has taken 6-8 weeks. Chase them on the phone for a result.

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    Phoned up today and got an answer. I passed my medical!! My licence is in the post and my ban ends on the 19th of this month.

    I'd like to say thanks to everyone for answering my questions and giving me support through such a horrible time.

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    Pleased for you, thanks for letting us know, we only tend to hear about long delays!

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    Hi guys, I have my medical on 6/2/17. I would say I'm slightly overweight, don't do much exercise and haven't cut down on bad food. All I have really done is drank milk thistle for the last 2 weeks and I always drink a lot of water anyway. I have not had a drink in 13 weeks. But before the last 13 weeks I was drinking around 4 pints of Stella every day for around 3 years, not dependent, just habit and routine. I'm nervous but I'm hoping get a Green result as I need my licence in 3 weeks as the job I've been offered is a driving job. So I NEED to pass with Green result. By the time any of you see this I will probably already have had the medical. I will post again with the result for those that are curious.

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    price1367 is offline TTC Group Associate Director
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    And the result was.....? I would expect you to pass the CDT part, so unless there are any other issues shown on the medical or the questionnaire you should be fine. Ring DVLA in 7 days and chase them for a result.

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