Todd Titmus relives the night his world turned upside down when he crashed a car after a heavy drinking session.
Todd Titmus relives the night his world turned upside down when he crashed a car after a heavy drinking session. Megan Lewis

From bloody idiot to mentor

HE was once a local sporting hero living his dream.

But a belly full of booze and a “stupid” decision to try to drive home cost Central Queensland Comets forward Todd Timus his job and his reputation.

And yesterday the 24-year-old stood before a group of year 12 students to warn them about the dangers of drinking too much.

Todd, sacked by his beloved club and fined and banned for drink-driving, said he broke down and cried at throwing away his promising career.

He told how he was inches away from hitting a tree and ending up in a wheelchair.

“I don't want these kids to make the mistakes I made. I want them to learn from my mistakes,” he said after fronting the students from Glenmore High School at an alcohol education project at Rockhampton Leagues Club.

Earlier, Chris Watters, the chief executive of DrinkWise Australia, told of scientific evidence of devastating impacts of alcohol on the adolescent brain.

Youngsters who “drink to get drunk” had a vastly increased risk of mental health disorders in adult life, he said.

Neither Chris nor Todd was asking the teenagers not to drink, but to drink sensibly.

“It's critical for kids to hear from people like Todd who made one poor decision that had a massive impact on his life. Australia has a culture of binge drinking, which essentially means going out with the sole intention of getting drunk.

“What we are trying to do is change that culture by warning young people of the consequences and encouraging them to drink with restraint, with a plan.”

The Rethink the Drink event was organised by Acting Sergeant Paul Bennett of Rockhampton Police.



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