At a BI group I go to a young girl goes to this allotment that we all can go to each week. The first time she went I noticed her being told and reassured that her mum was going to pick her up about an hour before we went. This week the man who runs group told everyone that she has a half hour memory. I remember the woman who runs group mentioning someone who needed one to one who had half hour memory through drinking alcohol too much. I think she lives in a elderly care home which I can imagine is horrible. No offence to elderly but when you are with people with the horrid illness dementia it's uncomfortable for people who are aware of things, unable to have conversation.
At the group this girl is very quiet only speaks when spoken to. Now I understand why as she won't remember many people. Also at group we feel we can have a laugh with each other forgetting things as it's common after BI and even for people without BI but wouldn't feel right joking about this girl forgetting things as it effects her life so much to she needs caring for 24 hours a day. I think alcohol is reason behind it rather than BI. I think cases like this should be shown to put people off drinking. I know this is obviously one of extreme cases but could make people more careful.
I do drink occasionally and no plans on stopping but if anything would put me off it would be thought of having a life like this girl.