alcohol

Why is Auckland Council considering a ban on liquor sales when the law already prohibits it

The Auckland Council is considering restricting sales of alcohol near schools and preventing sales during home time between 3pm and 4pm.

Bottle shops and supermarkets near some Auckland schools may have to stop selling alcohol between 3pm and 4pm each day.

A five-member council panel wants district licensing committees to have discretion to ban sales near primary and secondary schools when considering applications for new or renewed off-licences.

That is among recommendations determined on Friday for a new local alcohol policy to be considered by all Auckland Council members in May, before a 30-day period for any of more than 2600 submitters to lodge appeals with the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority.

Why?

The law already prohibits sales to minors under 18 years of ¬†age…so store can’t sell to them anyway.

Is there a massive problem with primary school kids buying piss at bottle stores after school?

Where is the evidence that this is even a problem? ¬†¬† Read more »

Fat bastards could lose benefits in UK, what a great policy

David Cameron says UK taxpayers shouldn’t have to¬†‚Äúfund the benefits‚ÄĚ of fatties¬†or drug and alcohol addicts who refuse treatment¬†that could help them get back into employment.

Obese people could have their benefits stripped if they refuse treatment in a bid to ensure they can lead a ‚Äúfulfilling life‚ÄĚ, David Cameron has said.

A Conservative government will attempt to ensure that tens of thousands of people who claim welfare on the grounds of obesity, drug or alcohol addiction are ‚Äúincentivised‚ÄĚ to go back to work, the Prime Minister said.

Mr Cameron said that taxpayers should no longer ‚Äúfund the benefits‚ÄĚ of people who refuse to accept the treatment that could help them get back into employment.

He has asked Professor Dame Carol Black, a senior Government adviser of health, to conduct a review into how best to get people with treatable conditions back into work.

The review will focus on how to incentivise the people to get back to work and consider whether their benefits should be stopped if they refuse treatment.

Currently, almost 100,000 people are claiming sickness benefits because they say they are suffering from conditions such as drug or alcohol addiction, or obesity.

However, there is no requirement for such people to undertake treatment, meaning it is possible to claim without making efforts at recovery.

Of the 2.5 million claiming sickness benefits, around 1.5 million have been claiming for more than 5 years.¬† Read more »

BG2: Addictions

I was going to write about the health benefits of fasting, but something else has triggered this article. It is on alcoholism, but addictions in general.

To this day, I still tell people that I was never an alcoholic. Yes, I loved to drink; yes, I would have experienced “blackout” nights more times than I could count, but I still stopped, without the help of AA, so therefore, I’m not an alcoholic.

I am only now starting to understand that at the age of 27 I had been drinking heavily for seven years and that drinking was causing me to have panic attacks and lose friends. Worst of all it was jeopardising my relationship with my boyfriend – the most important person in my life.

I will never forget the feeling I experienced on February 9, 2014, the day I took my last drink. I was on my third day of a three-day bender and I was feeling utterly exhausted and powerless. I was sick and tired of being “that girl” who drank too much at work functions, sick and tired of waking up without my phone and having no idea what happened the night before, sick and tired of embarrassing my friends, family and loved ones. Most of all, I was sick and tired of my attempts at drinking in moderation, which usually resulted in my biggest nights out.

Enough was enough. I made the decision, not one drop of alcohol was ever going to pass my lips again.

What followed were 9 months of a battle of wills between her body and her willpower. ¬† Read more »

HPA wowsers at it again

The Taxpayers’ Union have released documents yesterday showing the wowsers over at the Health Promotions Agency have spent up $1.2 million on their batshit crazy No Beersies campaign.

‚ÄúThe¬†Taxpayers‚Äô Union¬†had feedback that the¬†‚ÄėNot Beersies’ ads were making people¬†thirsty¬†for beer. Some participants in the Agency‚Äôs own focus groups said the same – that the ads encouraged drinking or were confusing.”

And encouraging kids to have a few handles too by the looks of this picture.

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“The documents show that the campaign had the least positive impact on entrenched, high-risk drinkers, and instead targets those least likely to face harm from alcohol consumption. The HPA spent at least $1.2 million on the campaign, but has refused to say how much taxpayers paid in advertising agency fees. It also shows that the HPA conducts no cost benefit analysis on its campaign.

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Speeding and alcohol, yet more than a little over the limit

Police are stunned a woman who was almost five times over the drink-driving limit – and speeding – did not kill anyone.

Yeah. ¬†That doesn’t fit the narrative, does it? ¬†Speeding and drinking and she didn’t kill herself and others.

Constable Tim Shearer, of Waimate, said police had been alerted to a vehicle driving dangerously after receiving a *555 call.

The Timaru woman, 43, was stopped by police doing 149kmh at 4.15pm on State Highway 1, about 40km south of Timaru.

It was “scary” the woman was on SH1, Shearer said.

“I received the complaint and went looking for her and then she drove past me at 149kmh. I turned around, chased her and caught up. And when I pulled her over she was smashed,” Shearer said.

The woman blew 1201mcg in an alcohol breath test.

Surely she had killed someone? ¬†149 km/h? ¬† And blind drunk? ¬† Read more »

Someone actually researched getting birds pissed

I’m surprised this wasn’t funded by Callaghan Innovation, it seems the sort of thing they like funding…or perhaps it is more the Marsden Fund’s bag.

Anyway, someone has actually researched getting birds pissed.

Here was me thinking all it took was a few glasses of bubbles.

Researchers conduct all sorts of strange experiments in the name of science, from studying the slipperiness of banana peels to looking at how dogs orient their bodies when they poop.

And now, in the latest example of strange science, researchers at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland got some finches drunk and watched what happened.

Their main finding? Like drunk humans, boozed-up birds slur their “speech.”

For the study, the researchers gave grape juice to one group of zebra finches and an alcoholic juice cocktail to another group. The cocktail-quaffing finches became somewhat inebriated, with blood alcohol levels of 0.05 percent to 0.08 percent, according to NPR. ¬† Read more »

Judges need to harden up

If we can get done for one kilometer over the speed limit, why is a doctor getting away with being four times over the drink driving limit?

A doctor living in Blenheim has been discharged without conviction after she was caught drink-driving at more than four times the legal limit.

Wendy Louise McDonald Florence, 50, appeared in the Blenheim District Court for sentencing on the charge last Monday, after driving with a blood-alcohol level of 326 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood on September 8.

The legal limit at the time was 80mg, and is now 50mg.

Her lawyer Rob Harrison argued for a discharge without conviction on her behalf.

Florence was a qualified doctor in the United States, but had spent some time as a stay-at-home mother of her children in Blenheim, he said.

She intended to become a registered doctor in New Zealand, which would require a refresher course in the States, followed by a supervised training programme in New Zealand.

Harrison told the court his client had been a sober alcoholic for 10 years.

Bulldust. ¬†There’s a lie in court right there. ¬† The odds of a alcie going off the wagon for the first time, that spectacularly¬†and getting caught drink driving are minuscule. ¬†¬† Read more »

Four years old but so accurate for today, Thomas Sewell on Global Warming and other causes

Author Thomas Sowell argues that public demand for intellectuals is largely manufactured by intellectuals themselves. He says intellectuals make alarming predictions using causes like global warming to create a need for their services.

Which brings us to New Zealand. ¬†¬† Read more »

Dirty Politics derangement syndrome – Doug Sellman

Professor J. Douglas Sellman

Professor J. Douglas Sellman

Yesterday it was Wendyl Nissen getting a serve for thinking it was all a bit unfair for copping criticism on WOBH for her ranting’s in the Herald.

Another self-important luvvie is well known prohibitionist Professor Doug Sellman. And like Wendyl, it’s a mighty hard task to discredit him when no one discredits Doug better than himself.

Let‚Äôs look at his latest dribble. ¬† Read more »

If anyone knows about prohibition it is the Sallies…and they say it doesn’t work

Some very wise words from a Salvation Army boss about prohibition, both of alcohol and cannabis.

Simon Collins takes a break from pimping the poor to talk to to Alistair Herring of the Salvation Army.

A New Zealander who has come home after heading the Salvation Army in Pakistan says prohibition never works, but more restrictions can reduce the harm from drugs and alcohol.

Commissioner Alistair Herring, 63, who returned from Pakistan in April to head the Salvation Army’s NZ addiction services, said Islam’s ban on alcohol did not stop Pakistanis suffering serious addiction problems.

“Muslims are not allowed to hold alcohol licences in Pakistan on the premise that Islam is against addictive substances,” he said. “What tends to happen in reality is that Muslims who want to drink will go to the Christian or non-Muslim community for their alcohol. I have talked to Muslim folk in Pakistan and they acknowledge that it is a problem. There is also a huge drug problem, of course.”

He said Salvationists vowed not to drink or smoke voluntarily “because of who we are and the services we provide”. But compulsion was “quite a different thing”.

“Prohibition is never going to work, has never worked,” he said.

He said he would be “very cautious” about decriminalising cannabis, as proposed by Auckland Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse, but he acknowledged the inconsistency of laws on cannabis and alcohol.

“I understand the younger generation saying to their parents, ‘So you are against my drug of choice but what about your drug of choice?'” he said. “We tend to want to use a sledgehammer with drugs and a feather duster with alcohol.”

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