Alcohol Related Crime

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The Saturation Patrol Problem

October 10, 2015

Did you know that it is illegal for law enforcement to have sobriety checkpoints in Wisconsin? That is just the tip of the insanity iceberg when it comes to Wisconsin’s lenient laws on drinking and driving.

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September 28, 2015

Maybe I should have saved this one for Halloween. Posted in 2012, it has over 6 million views and most of the 2000 comments go something like these: and the rest are similar –

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Nathaniel & The Night Sweats

September 9, 2015

Have you ever experienced night sweats while trying to get clean.  Did your hands shake?  What about feeling that bugs were crawling all over you?  Has your drinking ever led to some jail time? A strong contender for Best Music Video of the Year.   From Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats press kit: The place where […]

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Secondhand Alcohol Harm

August 31, 2015

I often see PSA’s on the damage caused by alcohol to the user; this one is about its effect on others. IAS – Alcohol’s Harm to Others from The Institute of Alcohol Studies on Vimeo. The numbers here in America are much larger. Our friend Lisa, over at Breaking The Cycles has a great post […]

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Drunk or Dying…You Make The Call

August 3, 2015

Drunk or dying…you make the call. That’s the tag line of a well done website and organization devoted to educating the public on the dangers of alcohol poisoning. Aware Awake Al!ve was born out of tragedy after the tragic death of Carson Starkey, who died of alcohol poisoning after a fraternity initiation rite. The Signs […]

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Cabrera Whiffs… of Alcohol and at the Plate

October 5, 2009

Cabrera Whiffs… of Alcohol and at the Plate at The Discovering Alcoholic

Apparently the only thing Miguel Cabrera, star of the Detroit Tigers, could hit last Saturday was his wife.

Cue the TDA monologue and laugh track…

(1). He went 0-4 stranding 6 men on base in a game that would have clinched the American League Central; so he may have struck out at the plate but earlier in the day he scored a trip to the police station for hitting his wife. (2). He might have been legally sober by the time he blew the game, but only 13 hours earlier he had blown a .26 BAC- he was over three times the legal limit.

… and then cut to the chase.

This is the insanity of substance abuse. Cabrera has an eye-popping $141 million contract, yet this is the second time in a month he has risked all with his drunken behavior. Oh sure, he doesn’t have a problem… anyone in their right mind would risk a multi-million dollar contract for a fun night of inebriation, brawling, spousal abuse, and some intimate time with the police!

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Wisconsin: Ignition Interlocks on Scooters?

September 15, 2009

Daniel Samplaski drank a twelve pack and decided he was going to take his motorized scooter for a spin… down the interstate! Luckily for him though, he lives in Wisconsin where the drunks are plentiful and the DUI laws are lax. Yeah, yeah, I know that state law makers have been debating stiffer penalties for some time now. These include ignition interlocks which require a sobriety test before vehicle activation, but obviously they need to move quickly.

Of course if the new measures do pass, I want to know if Mr. Samplaski will be required to get an ignition interlock on his Hoveround?

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The Drunk Files

May 12, 2009

Tonight I’m going to pull one from the drunk file, these are relevant videos and stories I’ve favorited and saved in case unexpected events threaten to keep me from writing a regular update. On the road and a little overloaded by the real job, I can think of no better time to use one from the emergency stash. My favorites are in the first episode when the guy says “I can do this” and then in the very last when the lady asks if the police officer can be “more specific” about when the camera was recording.

These aired on TruTV which is all about shocking reality videos, but they just might as well call it drunkTV since most of the antics caught on tape are alcohol related… of course it should come to no surprise that alcohol is the common thread that runs through many acts of neglect, abuse, crime, violence, and just sheer stupidity.

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100,000 Reasons Why Legalization is Surrender

March 27, 2009

Legalization is Surrender at The Discovering Alcoholic

The change in administrations really has the drug legalization cheerleaders out on the offensive. LEAP gets more press than most because of their law enforcement ties, but I get tired of hearing this nonsense.

If we legalize and regulate the marketplace, economic rules will work in our favor, making it possible to instill control. It is time to fund education, research and treatment instead of jails and prisons. We all want a better future for our children and ourselves. ~ Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

It’s just another article covering the litany of “known facts” including how organized crime ended with prohibition and alcohol abuse is treated today as a medical issue… yeah, right. As the man says though, legalization akin to the regulation of alcohol would make it possible to “instill control”- with over 100,000 deaths per year attributed to alcohol- now that’s control I wouldn’t want to brag about!

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LEAPing out of the pan and into the fire

March 15, 2009

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition at the Discovering Alcoholic

Bradley Jardis has joined a small group of current and retired law enforcement/criminal justice officials of a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, or LEAP. LEAP was formed to advocate the legalization and regulation of drugs as an alternative to what they describe a “failed war on drugs”. Jardis, in a recent MSNBC article states the following:

Jardis believes drugs should be regulated by the government just like alcohol. “We treat alcoholism as a public health problem, but we treat drug addiction as a criminal problem, and that’s wrong,” he said.

While I too believe that our nation’s current methods need revamped especially when it comes to education and emphasis on treatment (LEAP promotes both), but the legalizing drugs would be like jumping out of the pan into the fire if you ask me. Take Officer Jardis’s statement on alcohol and its treatment as a “health problem”. I guess if you want to call alcohol, a prevailing factor in 40% of all violent crime, just a health issue you certainly can, but don’t tell that to the victims or the prison population!

Until our society learns how to cope with this most destructive and costly substance (alcohol) that is already legal, I think it is foolish to submit any plan that suggests we can improve the current situation by legalizing drugs.

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Hawkish on the War on Drugs

January 16, 2009

Churchill never gives in at The Discovering Alcoholic

Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never–in nothing, great or small, large or petty–never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. ~ Winston Churchill

It’s not a very a popular stance to take these days, but when discussing the war on drugs I am an unabashed hawk. Its has become a highly debated topic with both sides predictably skewing data and making “supported” assumptions in their arguments but IMHO most fall short of making a good case.

I’ll keep this short, the reasoning behind my support for the war on drugs is that legalization will eventually create the same acceptance and high tolerance we have for societal ills caused by alcohol. It’s not a family of origin issue, but a culture of origin issue- we glorify the use of alcohol yet downplay the tremendous resulting damage (abuse, neglect, poverty, crime, health issues, death, etc.).

Yes, I think the war could be waged more effectively with better tactics; there is always room for improvement. Yes, I think treatment should be stressed whenever possible, and no I am not advocating prohibition as the only solution. But I will never, never, never give in to increasing the availability and acceptance of a whole new class of intoxicants until our society learns how to better handle the ones that are already legal!

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Casual Criminal Stupidity

October 25, 2008

photo by XurbleAfter ordering takeout from Del Taco, a Colorado couple were surprised to find among the taco sauce and other condiments a small bag of pot. They notified police who then arrested 26 year-old Dennis Klermund at the restaurant, it goes without saying that he was also fired.

Yes the story is funny, but it also serves as a great example of how casually people break the law and risk arrest, fines, jail, injury and even death that are inherent with drug and alcohol abuse. The above idiot was so nonchalant about his drug use that not only did he goof up an intended drug transaction; he left the rest of his dope and paraphernalia in his work locker where the police dogs promptly found it. Duh!

Before you laugh too hard at this moron, try a little introspection yourself.

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Drunk in the UK: The Case against Opposable Thumbs

October 17, 2008

Fat Boy the Drunk Pony

Man has been brewing and distilling alcoholic beverages for thousands of years, but Mother Nature has been doing it for much longer through the natural fermentation of fruit. Fat Boy, a very ugly pony in Cornwall, happened into just such a natural phenomenon when he ate a stash of fermented apples and then became trapped after he stumbled drunk into a neighborhood pool. No harm no foul for the four legged boozer who was able to exit the pool via some hay bale steps after sobering up.

The same thing can’t be said for Wayne Forrester of London who proved just how much damage a drunk can do when he has opposable thumbs.

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UK to Drunk Rape Victim, “You Were Asking for It.”

August 12, 2008

photo by brandi666The UK Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) was set up in 1964 to make payments to those unlucky enough to become a victim of violent crime. A recent rape victim has had her compensation slashed because apparently the CICA deemed her intoxication may have played a part in provoking the incident. Doesn’t it sound like the CICA is implying that she was asking for it?

Her case is not unique, in at least 14 cases this year payments have been reduced to rape victims apparently because CICA must have also found part of the problem due to their drinking. Even though the CICA denies that it place blame on the victims, the wording of their own compensation statement seems to contradict this statement.

The issue came to light after one rape victim, referred to only as Helen, received a letter from the CICA saying her compensation was being cut from £11,000 to £8,250. It said: ‘The evidence that we have shows that your excessive consumption of alcohol was a contributing factor in the incident’. ~ DailyMail

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No Solace in Sobriety

July 22, 2008

Lamia by Herbert James DraperThe Lamia was a queen in Greek mythology that was transformed into a child devouring fiend after her own children were murdered. It was believed that she was cursed with the inability to ever close her eyes so that she would forever be haunted by the images of the slain children.

I was reminded of the long suffering Lamia after a reader sent me this story with a note saying that literally there would be hell to pay when those responsible sobered up. There is a small part of me that thinks maybe they should not even try.

WARSAW — A newborn baby girl died
after being thrown from a third-story window
in the Polish capital, apparently by a drunken
relative, police said Tuesday. ~ Fox News

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