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LIZ WALKER: Blames a Playboy magazine for her mental health issues, alcoholism, promiscuity and drug addiction

LIZ WALKER: Blames a Playboy magazine for her mental health issues, alcoholism, promiscuity and drug addiction

Our Crybaby of the Week blames looking at a Playboy magazine when she was 6 years old as the cause of her promiscuity, drug and alcohol addictions and her poor mental health.

Liz Walker was only six years old when an older girl from up the street squashed in next to her on the school bus and excitedly whispered “Hey do you want to see something?”

It was a Playboy mag she found under her brother’s bed and full of graphic pornography.

What a load of shite.

Graphic pornography?

In a Playboy?

30 years ago? Yeah right. We don’t know her age, but she has three children and looks from her photo to be late 30s or early 40s. Check out the covers from Playboy back in 1987. It hardly matches her claims about “graphic pornography.   Read more »

I love you man, Ctd

As we saw in this morning’s article, headlines are where it’s at.

To provide “balance”, the media have gone to academia and got “balancing comment” on the idea that alcohol isn’t a factor in violence.

Two university researchers are “appalled” at an alcohol industry funded report which claims alcohol is not a cause of violence.

Researchers Nicki Jackson from the University of Auckland and Professor Kypros Kypri from the University of Newcastle in Australia, have published a critique of the report today in the journal Addiction.

The original report, published last year by British anthropologist Dr Anne Fox, says alcohol consumption was not a cause of violence, but instead, beliefs regarding acceptable behaviour when drinking were to blame.

Dr Fox recommended children were educated regarding proper behaviour when drinking, parents were taught how to talk to their children about alcohol, and the public educated about acceptable drinking behaviour via media campaigns.

“These types of recommended approaches may modify a person’s knowledge or attitude, but rarely their behaviour,” Ms Jackson says.

“The report is highly selective in the research used to support its recommendations. It fails to acknowledge the huge body of evidence concerning effective strategies for reducing violence, such as earlier cessation of sales in licensed premises,” she says.

Prof Kypri says the report cannot be ignored because the findings are being used by the alcohol industry to overturn licensing decisions and in public policy submissions.

“We believe this was simply an effort by the alcohol industry to raise doubts about the existing evidence, which is strong,” he says.

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Brilliant.   That solves it all, right?   Read more »


I love you man

Another one in the series on how the media manipulate through headlines.   As you are probably aware, interest groups pay for “research”, or if the research is hard to stack up, a “report”.   Media desperate to fill empty space with content then hit you with this.

An alcohol industry-funded report claims booze is not a cause of violence in cities pubs and clubs.

The author’s a British anthropologist but is based on his studies in New Zealand and Australia.

But Auckland University researcher, Nicki Jackson, says the findings are rubbish.

The article claimed alcohol consumption didn’t lead to violence, but that beliefs regarding acceptable behaviour were to blame.

– Radiolive

So, what headline would you expect, and what should it have had? Read more »


Anecdotal evidence is just hearsay

The lower drink-driving limit has netted $1.6m in fines last year.   But, that’s not the point.

More than 8000 drink-drivers were caught in the first year of New Zealand’s lower alcohol law – and issued fines totalling more than $1.6 million.

Police figures … reveal 8155 lower-level drink-driving offences were handed out between December 1, 2014 and November 30, 2015.

Before tougher legislation came into force in 2014, those offenders could have legally carried on.

The new law cut the alcohol limit for drivers 20 and over from 400mcg of alcohol a litre of breath to 250mcg, and the blood alcohol limit was lowered from 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood (0.08), to 50mg (0.05).

And all this on a backdrop of an increase in road fatalities.   So how is his being spun now then?   Read more »

Hey Heather, here’s a “loophole” you missed!


Apparently, kids can buy alcohol via Facebook.

Criminals are buying alcohol for under-age drinkers and advertising the service on social media, police say.

With New Year’s Eve on Thursday, police would be keeping a close eye on numerous Facebook groups that targeted young people, Wellington liquor licensing sergeant Damian Rapira-Davies said.

He knew of about a dozen sites, including one with a link to universities, on which people advertised their willingness to buy alcohol for under-age drinkers in exchange for money.

“They think we are oblivious and don’t know – we are well aware.” Read more »


Wowsers want to stop supermarket from selling alcohol while down the road you can buy it at any time

Wowsers are wanting to stop a supermarket from selling alcohol while down the road you can buy it at any time.

Do Wellingtonians really need to be able to buy alcohol after 10pm?

That question was posed on Monday at the first half of a liquor licence hearing for Pak ‘n Save Kilbirnie, where there were also suggestions the supermarket should take some responsibility for alcohol-related incidents in the suburb.

Police and the Regional Medical Officer of Health are both putting the heat on Pak ‘n Save to peg back the number of hours it sells alcohol, which is currently between 7am and 11pm.

Police want the hours cut-off at 10pm. But Pak ‘n Save argues that would be unfair given the Countdown supermarket across the road and near-by off-licences would not be subject to the same restrictions.

In his opening submissions, Pak ‘n Save lawyer Iain Thain also foreshadowed the supermarket’s objection to a suggestion it should not be allowed to sell alcohol between 7am and midday either.    Read more »

What is the most dangerous drug in the world?

Is it cannabis? What about heroin? Or cocaine?

How about none of those…let’s see what the science says:

David Nutt is the Edmond J. Safra professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London. He’s one of the world’s foremost experts on drugs, in terms of their use, their effects on the human brain, and international drug policy. Drug Science – formally the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs – is a science-led drugs charity and research organization headed by Professor Nutt.

In 2010, a now-infamous paper was published by the group detailing their scientific analysis on the harms of drugs available in the U.K., both legal and illegal. Sixteen parameters of harm were chosen, and were divided in terms of the specific drug’s direct and individual effects on the user. A direct effect of a drug on a person could be death through an overdose, for example; an indirect effect could be damage caused by becoming infected with HIV while using contaminated syringes. Each drug’s effect on others and the wider society were also taken into account.

The list included mortality likelihood, dependence, impairment of mental functioning, loss of tangible socioeconomic things (such as a house or a job), physical injury, and criminal activities. The economic cost to the country, as well as the international damage (in terms of political and societal destabilization, for example) were also considered.

“Ranking twenty different drugs on sixteen different harms – that’s the best method we’ve had,” Professor Nutt told IFLScience. In a more general sense, the detrimental effects of drugs could be divided into two broad categories: harm to others and harm to users.    Read more »

We won the World Cup, but New Zealand society has fallen apart. No, wait…

The Greens opposed the law change allowing bars to open for extended hours for the World Cup.

They claimed that drunks would be parading past schools in the morning.

How did that work out?

Allowing bars to open during Rugby World Cup games didn’t turn the country into the drunken shambles that had been predicted, say the backers of the law change that made it possible.

Police communication centres today said the local aftermath of the All Blacks win over Australia in the Rugby World Cup final in London was quiet.

A law change was made two months ago to allow bars to open early during the tournament, rather than having to apply for special licences. Under the changes, hoteliers had to give police seven days’ notice they would be open.

The change was enabled by a bill from ACT’s sole MP David Seymour, who watched the final at a bar in Auckland’s Mt Eden.

He was happy there had been no major problems and it showed New Zealanders were actually responsible people.   Read more »

Introduction of lower alcohol drive limits not responsible for conviction drop

It’s a pleasing trend, but clearly there is no “bump” due to the limits having been tightened. 

The number of people caught driving drunk is continuing to plummet according to latest figures.

Convictions for drink-driving, or refusing to supply a sample, have decreased steadily in the country’s 64 district courts between 2009 and 2015, according to information released under by the Justice Ministry under the Official Information Act.

In the 2014/15 year there were 18,062 people convicted; a more than 14 per cent drop on the 21,107 in the previous year and a whopping 40 per cent drop since 09/10.

Road policing national operations manager Inspector Peter McKennie acknowledged the latest reduction was partly due to the fact there were nearly half a million fewer breath tests carried out. But the 2,555,957 tests carried out last year was similar to the 2,548,469 carried out in 2010/11, when there was a much higher number of convictions.

“The key is to look at it over a number of years and we are seeing a steady trend downwards. Drink driving is more socially unacceptable. As always police can do so much in terms of publicity and education, but at the end of the day it’s about getting road users to improve their attitudes and behaviours. And I think that’s working,” McKennie said.   Read more »

Nothing short of child abuse

It beggars belief how some people manage to drag their kids up.

A feral scumbag has been caught drink driving, evading Police, and driving dangerously with four kids in the car. She was four times over the legal limit.

That is child abuse.

The actions of a drunk woman driving four kids who allegedly dodged a breath-testing checkpoint, leading a high-speed police chase in Taranaki have “shocked” officers.

Taranaki police have charged the 28-year-old Hawera woman with ill-treatment of the children, along with dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, and excess breath alcohol charges.

Police said they used two patrol cars to stop a driver fleeing an alcohol-testing check point at high speed late on Friday evening.

They were “shocked” to find four children aged between four to 14 riding passenger, Sergeant Pat Duffy, of the Taranaki Traffic Alcohol Group, said.    Read more »