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Ipswich: MP Dan Poulter explains he has been tee-total since seeing a fellow student resucitated after a cocktail of drink and drugs

PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 March 2014

Richard Porritt interviews Dan Poulter MP

Richard Porritt interviews Dan Poulter MP

Health minister and doctor Dan Poulter has stayed off the drink since he was a young man after medics had to resuscitate his friend following a drink and drug cocktail.

The Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP revealed the reason that he is tea-total in an interview with the political magazine The House.

He said that he was “quite comfortable with not drinking” and was able to resist the peer pressure of being a medical student and a rugby player when he was younger.

He said: “When I was a lot younger I was at a college party and one of my friends had a drink and drug cocktail and choked on their own vomit and ended up having to be resuscitated.

“Their short-term memory was affected afterwards. That is something that stayed with me ever since and really put me off.

He said that during his medical training he worked on a liver ward at King College Hospital and saw end stage liver failure.

Dr Poulter, right, said the he also saw people vomiting up their whole blood volume because of damage done to the liver through alcohol when working in A&E.

“I am quite comfortable not drinking and once you get into the habit of not drinking and you resist the peer pressure that comes from being a medical student and a rugby player then you get used to it. I am probably addicted to Diet Coke.”

Dr Poulter, who is a junior minister in the Department for Health, also revealed why he will not be joining other MPs in the London Marathon next month.

“I am not really built for running – I am about seventeen and a half stone,” he said.

“I try to go to the parliamentary gym when I have time. I will be back in (rugby) training again properly next season. I did a little bit of golf when I was a teenager so I am trying to get back into that.

“It is a more sustainable sport. I tend to quite a lot of charity runs in the constituency and generally most things sporty I will give it a go.”

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