Courts powerless to stop a man from drinking himself to death

Isn’t it amazing that we can force people to wear a cycle helmet, but we can’t stop them from drinking themselves to an early grave, during which time they risk the lives and well-being of others?

A man whose alcohol addiction had “overwhelmed him” since the death of his wife about 20 years ago, fell asleep drunk in the back of the Greymouth District Court last week when he appeared for sentence on his fourth drink-driving charge and a drugs charge.

Wayne Grant Schmetz, 56, was eventually jailed for 10 months.

Schmetz had originally been due to be sentenced on Thursday. However, after he had to be revived, having fallen asleep at the back of the courtroom, he was remanded in custody for the night as he was too intoxicated to be sentenced.

On Friday morning, having had a chance to “sleep things off” during a night in the cells, Schemtz was sent to prison.

Earlier this year his sentencing was adjourned in order for him to be given a final chance to have an address assessed by Community Probation to see if it was suitable for a community-based sentence.

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Crybaby of the week

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 »

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

David Cameron says UK taxpayers shouldn’t have to “fund the benefits” 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 “fulfilling life”, 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 “incentivised” to go back to work, the Prime Minister said.

Mr Cameron said that taxpayers should no longer “fund the benefits” 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.

“The Taxpayers’ Union had feedback that the ‘Not Beersies’ ads were making people thirsty for beer. Some participants in the Agency’s 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.


“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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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 »

Oh look who is still in denial

Cherie Howe has this howler of a story

A bus driver who drove drunk with passengers on board says he’s not the worst bus driver in the country.

Tony Trevor Simpson admitted in the Auckland District Court this week to driving with a breath alcohol level of more than the legal limit of 400 micrograms per litre of breath. Simpson had a 687mcg reading when he was intercepted by police, who had been contacted by a concerned motorist.

Ten passengers were on the Takapuna-bound Ritchies bus on July 10 on Albert St, in central Auckland. Simpson was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for a year and a day.

Simpson — who has resigned from his job — told the Herald on Sunday that during a break he drank alcohol that was stored behind his seat.

“It was a one-off event and I’m very sorry … there were various issues, but I’m not going to go into them. I just had a bad day.

“What I did was completely wrong.”

Simpson was caught about 6.30pm, near the end of his 12-hour-plus shift, and said he had not eaten any food that day.

So he had put enough prep into his day to bring some alcohol, but not food.  Riiiight, gotcha.   Read more »


Fundraising with a bottle of nasty Whisky washed down with a glass of hypocrisy

This is how the Labour party fundraises in South Auckland…chucking coins at a bottle of nasty whisky.

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OK, what would you do with this man – before he kills someone?

This story fell off the edge yesterday, but it still needs some attention.  Police reporter Sam Boyer from the NZ Herald reported on this shocking state of events:

Brian Mitchell Hart, 58, from Hawkes Bay, has 20 convictions for drink-driving and 11 for driving while disqualified, and has been sent to prison 33 times for these and other offences.

But every time he gets out, he gets his licence back, drinks again and gets back behind the wheel.

He has twice been disqualified from driving “indefinitely”.

On one of those occasions, in 2002, he underwent counselling and treatment for alcohol addiction and after an assessment by a government-approved counsellor, was approved to get his licence back by the New Zealand Transport Authority.

Under the law, the toughest sentence for repeat drink-drivers is indefinite disqualification, which can be imposed only under a specific set of circumstances.

This is where Brian Hart can’t be stopped.  He doesn’t need a license, and he can access a new car if he so wishes.

Ready to put himself, others, and even children at risk of injury and death.   Read more »

Ah, memories