Alcohol intoxication

Does NZ have a drinking problem or a drinkers problem?

Karl du Fresne writes:

It has become accepted wisdom that New Zealand has a serious drinking problem. But do we? And if we do, what?s the reason?

Let?s start by tackling that first question. In 2014 the World Health Organisation published a table showing per capita alcohol consumption in 190 countries.

New Zealand was ranked 31st. At first glance, that seems a bit of a worry. It suggests we?re among the world?s heaviest boozers.

But that ranking needs to be put into perspective. In many of those 190 countries, especially those in Asia and Africa, alcohol has never been a big part of the local culture. Consumption is accordingly modest.

And Muslim countries, don’t forget them…no alcohol there or precious little if any.

Now, factor in the many countries where drinking is discouraged and even prohibited for religious reasons. That includes the entire Islamic world.

Take all that into account, and the list of countries that New Zealand can meaningfully be compared with becomes a lot shorter.

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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 »

Just wait, someone will blame increased violence on climate change

They don’t say it specifically in the article but I am sure some Green Taliban loon will make the connection.

Apparently the higher the temperature the more violence there is on the streets…I’m not kidding.

June may be mid-winter but new research suggests it’s also the month you’re least likely to get punched in the head.

Massey University research has revealed a connection between assaults and temperature ? to the extent that the rate of assault rises by about 1.5 per cent for every degree the temperature rises.

The paper, published in the journal Climactic Change by PhD student Matt Williams, looked at the 268,000 recorded assaults in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch from 1994 to 2009.

Due to population Auckland had by far the lion’s share but, per capita, Wellington came out slightly ahead.

Bouncers usually breathed a sign of relief with the arrival of cooler weather, Wellington doorman Ian Sapsford said.? Read more »

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Mixed messages on Drinking

From Stuff:

The incident is alleged to have happened on March 2 after a university debate the previous evening as part of Orientation Week, at which Mr Hughes was a guest speaker. He, the complainant and several other people then went to several bars including Wellington’s Matterhorn bar and The Establishment before Mr Hughes and the complainant ended up at Ms King’s house.

What is a senior politician doing getting pissed with 18 year olds anyway? Great example to the youth of today.

Particularly?when that same?politician?likes to open his gob on youth drinking with alarming frequency.

Darren Hughes –Sick Of Joyce’s ‘Pious Claptrap’

Labour Transport spokesperson Darren Hughes says he is sick of Transport Minister Steven Joyce’s pious claptrap about introducing tougher penalties for drink drivers when National is still happy to let people get drunk before they make up their minds whether they can drive safely or not.

“Steven Joyce, commenting today on the case of a man jailed for four years for killing a woman while driving drunk and disqualified, trotted out the same old excuses for failing to take decisive action,” Darren Hughes said.

“He says what he always says — that tougher penalties are about to be introduced — but he misses the point completely.

“What he doesn’t say is that if the blood alcohol limit isn’t reduced from 0.08g of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 0.05g, then some people will always be too drunk to make a rational decision before getting behind the steering wheel.”

He goes on:

“Sadly, far too often, drunks don’t think.”

Yes, turns out to be true when attempting to score as well. But Darren Hughes doesn’t stop there either:

“We have an opportunity to work together in many ways to create a safer and more responsible drinking environment, but National still wants to play politics. That’s a real shame.”

Hmmm who is looking “pious” now. Not sure a 32 year old former minister and senior MP leering it up with 18 year old till the early hours of the morning is what I would describe as “a safer and more responsible drinking environment” especially when the results of that “safer and more responsible drinking environment” are a Police investigation. But still Darren went on:

“The tragedy is that if they put aside party politics and personalities they could prevent the needless deaths and injuries of many Kiwis.”

And maybe it would help stop Police complaints too?

Phil Goff has been offering up advice in this area as well:

The Labour Party leader wonders if making it unlawful for adults to give alcohol to young people without their parents? consent will actually have the desired effect.

Well I guess that depends on whether or not the desired effect is picking up 18 year olds and attempting to bed them or not.

I wonder when Phil Goff will actually show some real leadership on this instead of attempting to sweep everything under the carpet?