Alcoholism

Ah, memories

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Jesse is still spiraling down

Jesse Ryder has split from long-term manager and number one supporter Aaron Klee as the embattled cricketer’s troubles with alcohol continue to unravel.

Fairfax Media understands Ryder’s seven-year relationship with Klee came to an end on Friday night, hours before New Zealand Cricket revealed Ryder and Black Caps team-mate Doug Bracewell were under investigation for drinking into the early hours of Thursday – the morning of the Black Caps’ first test against India.

Ryder’s separation from Klee, a close friend as well as his manager, means Ryder is now without two of his main supporters as he is also understood to be no longer working with clinical psychologist Karen Nimmo since moving to Dunedin. The New Zealand Cricket Players’ Association opted for a new provider of mental health support.

Both Klee and Nimmo accompanied Ryder to the Indian Premier League and helped guide him back to top-level cricket.

As an alcoholic who is currently managing a dry phase (3 years, 9 months), I recognise the problem with Jesse Ryder:  He’s not been allowed to hit rock bottom.   Read more »

Disgrace to us all?

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Disgrace to us all, or just his feral family?

The Herald on Sunday editorial exclaims that a drunk nine year old maori boy is a disgrace to us all.

Why is this feral family a disgrace to us all? We didn’t give him the alcohol.

Words can hardly express the harm inflicted on a 9-year-old boy in Hamilton this week by someone who gave him enough alcohol to get very drunk. If it was the first time this had happened to him – and his mother says it was – it would have been a far more confusing and frightening experience than even it is for someone old enough to know what alcohol does.

A teenager who recorded the boy’s condition at a skate park and posted it on the net may have done some good if the exposure prompts the police, child welfare agencies and legislators to take action.

This was child abuse of a particularly irresponsible kind, not so very different from violent harm. When the boy’s head stopped spinning and his vision cleared and his horizon was horizontal again he could be left with lasting damage. The smaller the body, the more dangerous binge-drinking can be; the younger the brain the more its maturation may be delayed and its ability to accumulate knowledge impaired.  Read more »

And still no charges have been laid in the 9 year old booze boy botchup

Jonathan Carson reports

Police have yet to lay charges against those responsible for getting a 9-year-old boy so drunk he was sick, and a top alcohol counsellor warns the case is a symptom of New Zealand’s shocking drinking culture.

The video sparked international attention and was viewed more than 400,000 times before being removed from the internet yesterday afternoon at the request of police.

It showed the boy with a can of bourbon and cola struggling to stand, being abusive and slurring his words at Fairfield Skate Park in Hamilton on Tuesday – his ninth birthday. He consumed eight cans and two liqueur shots and became so sick that he vomited and calling an ambulance was considered.

Police interviewed several people in relation to the incident yesterday, but no charges have been laid.

Police know who supplied the alcohol.

No charges have been laid.   Read more »

Reflecting on what we do here at Whaleoil

We’ve seen this before – it’s worth a repeat.  Life isn’t just shits ‘n giggles, and some thing are worth doing right.

 

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Bright Idea for Independent Liquor?

Isn’t this just dandy. Some clown thinks it’s a great idea to flog off RTDs in a sachet. Let’s see how that works out for them.

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Sachets of alcohol designed to be slipped discreetly into purses and pockets are being sold in liquor stores, alarming police and alcohol-watch groups.

Branded as “Cheeky” and “Sneaky”, the shots are easily concealed, palm-sized alcopops promoted as drinks to carry all the time.

Already banned by some retailers in Britain, they are the cheapest single drink on sale, at just $2.

Looking more like a condom, these 20% alcohol RTDs are being pushed as a new way to score with the ladies. Even their Facebook page is happily promoting them to young girls.  Read more »

Another wasted study

Well knock me down with a feather, they needed a study to find this out?

The NZ Herald reports:

A new study has shown that a major contributor to alcohol-related harm among underage drinkers is their older mates supplying them with large amounts of booze.  Read more »

Merry Christmas, Wowser

Here’s a good scientific poke in the eye for NZ’s own kill-joy trougher, Professor Doug Sellman.

The NZ Herald reports:

A contentious new study is suggesting people who drink regularly live longer than those who completely abstain from drinking.

Research published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Researchfound those who did not consume any alcohol appeared to have a higher mortality rate, regardless of whether they were former heavy drinkers or not, than those who drank heavily.

Instead, ‘moderate’ drinking, defined as one to three drinks per day, was associated with the lowest mortality rate.  Read more »

Not just munters getting smashed and high

New evidence suggests that it isn’t just munters getting smashed and high, rather it shows that drinking and drug taking in adults correlates with higher childhood intelligence.

Finnish researchers gathered data on 3,000 fraternal and identical twins and found that the sibling who was the first to develop verbal ability—speaking words, reading and using expressive language—also tended to be the first to try alcohol and to drink more heavily throughout adolescence. Verbal development may be correlated with social intelligence; the verbally precocious twin also had, on average, more friends, and could be more likely to end up in social situations where alcohol is present: “Good language skills reduce the likelihood of peer rejection… higher social activity predicts more frequent drinking in adolescence,” write the authors.

First to speak means first to booze and drugs?

Earlier speaking age is also associated with better academic performance throughout middle and high school and a higher chance of graduating from college—and achieving higher levels of education is also correlated with higher alcohol consumption. The authors hypothesize that intelligence is correlated with curiosity and a desire for new experiences: “Cognitive performance and reading abilities in childhood are related to higher stimulation-seeking tendencies.”

My experiences are certainly not like this study.

Drawing on the results of the National Child Development Study, which tracked for 50 years all British babies born during one week in March 1958, Kanazawa found that kids who scored higher on IQ tests grew up to drink larger quantities of alcohol on a more regular basis than their less intelligent peers. He evaluated other factors, including religion, frequency of church attendance, social class, parents’ education and self-reported satisfaction with life, and found that intelligence before age 16 was second only to gender in predicting alcohol consumption at age 23.

In Kanazawa’s model, illicit drugs constitute another evolutionarily novel experience—and he (and others) have also found a link between high IQ and experimentation with drugs. In Kanazawa’s study, the higher a respondent’s IQ before age 16, the more psychoactive substances he or she had tried by age 42. Another study found that 30-year-old women who had earned high scores on an IQ test at age five were more than twice as likely to have smoked weed or used cocaine in the previous year; men who had scored highly on IQ tests as children were 50 percent more likely to have recently consumed amphetamines or ecstasy.

Again not my experience, having never taken amphetamines nor ecstasy, and only  very mild drinker.

Possibly smart kids go on to have jobs that allow them to spend more money on expensive things like booze and drugs?

Man dies while driving drunk and somehow it is the cop’s fault

This guy was plastered and drove drunk, it was no surprise that he subsequently died as a result of HIS actions.

Except the Herald on Sunday blames the cops…because a device failed to detect his excess breath alcohol levels properly.

A drunk driver breezed through a police breath test despite being almost four times over the drink-drive limit – and was killed in a crash shortly afterwards.

After the death, police have issued a notice to all staff reminding them to hold the device close to a person’s mouth to ensure a good sample is captured.  Read more »