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Serenity Test: FAIL!

December 9, 2010

This should have been posted as Screedler Vents.  I’m not sure how soon I will post this.  Maybe never.  But, I am going to write it now, while I’m still bent out of shape.  It’s Dec 7th at 11:30pm and I have just come home after a 9 hour shift at my place of employment.  I went […]

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Galluccio is no Kennedy

January 6, 2010

They both served in the Senate for Massachusetts; Edward Kennedy was the ever present Liberal Lion of the US Senate until his death last year and Anthony D. Galluccio was a state senator who resigned this week. They both had significant issues with alcohol abuse. They both put their careers ahead of the people they […]

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Sobering Reminders of Meaningless Death

November 24, 2009

The picture above is only a small slice of an interactive map graphic the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel calls Sobering Reminders, just one part of the much bigger Wasted in Wisconsin reviewed on TDA earlier this month. The pictures each represent a victim of drunk driving for each county in Wisconsin, just a few of the […]

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What if Alexandra Kerry Killed Someone?

November 22, 2009

Alexandra Kerry, Senator John Kerry’s daughter, was arrested for driving under the influence earlier this week and later released after posting a $5000.00 bail. Pulled over in Hollywood after midnight, she appeared to be intoxicated and refused a field sobriety test so was taken into custody. After an unspecified amount of time, she eventually blew […]

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Wasted in Wisconsin

November 1, 2009

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has put together a truly excellent series that documents Wisconsin’s culture of alcohol and the pain and misery it has exacted upon the state. I have often written on the subject of What is Wrong with Wisconsin* so I thought it fitting to highlight this JS online special that focuses on […]

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MADD about Virgin Drinks

September 19, 2009

MADD about Virgin Drinks at The Discovering Alcoholic

Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has linked up with a Canadian marketing firm to introduce a line of MADD sponsored and labeled mojitos, margaritas, pina coladas, beer, and red, white and sparkling wines that are 100% alcohol free.

They’re an alternative for people who want to serve drinks with “the great taste needed to make guests feel like they are part of the party — but without the alcohol,” said MADD’s national president, Laura Dean-Mooney. ~ The Associated Press

Even though I am a supporter of MADD and agree that non-alcoholic “mimic” drinks may be a good alternative for designated drivers, I do question the wisdom of putting their name on adult beverages regardless of the content. MADD already has a large host of detractors from the ABI to minimum age opponents, and this move will certainly give them a controversial issue to target.

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Vampire Cops Stake Out DUI

September 18, 2009

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is conducting a pilot program in Texas and Idaho with local law enforcement who have been trained and empowered to draw blood onsite for those drivers who refuse to submit to a sobriety breath test. Personally I think this is a horrible idea, obviously untenable on a large scale, and doomed for failure because of potential health, safety, and legal issues; please NHTSA, don’t waste the public’s time and money on this trial lead balloon. I prefer a much safer and litigation free method of increased enforcement –you refuse the breath, then you go straight to jail for thirty days without passing go.

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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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DUI Home Invasion

September 7, 2009

Click here to see the photo gallery of the DUI Home Invasion at Newsday.com linked from The Discovering Alcoholic

A DUI driver in Suffolk County NY must have been approaching 100 mph as he missed a turn, hit a berm, and launched his Jeep into the second story of a house. Thankfully no one was seriously injured even though the owner of the house was home and asleep at the time and the jeep actually crashed twice- once into the house, and then a second time as it fell through to the first story foyer.

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TDA on the Minimum Drinking Age in 30 Seconds

July 27, 2009

original pic by nDevilTV under creative commons license now at The Discovering Alcoholic

Dr. Morris Chafetz was a member of President Reagan’s commission in the 1980s that recommended raising the drinking age to 21; he now says it was “the single most regrettable decision” of his career. My first thought on such a comment is that if this is most regrettable decision of his life he can remember, then most likely the man has just gone senile. But it is this second comment that really raised my sanity-doubting eyebrow.

“Legal Age 21 has not worked,” Chafetz said in the piece. “To be sure, drunk driving fatalities are lower now than they were in 1982. But they are lower in all age groups… (snip) the law instead has resulted in “collateral, off-road damage” such as binge drinking that occurs in underage youth and crimes like date rape, assaults and property damage.~ LA Times

I guess Dr. Chafetz must believe that if they were just allowed to drink legally, the young inebriated idiots of the world would become gentle law abiding lambs. I mean everyone knows that date rape, assaults, and property crime just didn’t exist in prior to the National Minimum Age Drinking Act of 1984- back in the good old days, when alcohol made kids smart.

10 seconds left, must hurry… I oppose lowering the minimum drinking age limits because it is a known fact the earlier one starts drinking the more likely they are to suffer substance abuse issues. Game, set, match for me. Combine this with the fact that by lowering the drinking age we just put 16 and 17 year olds as next up in the queue- no doubt idolizing the high school seniors turning up a cold beer . Even more emotionally and physically immature, they will be inheriting the angst and the ills of those almost old enough to drink.

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Binge Drinking by Teens – World Wide Statistics Suggest Lowering the Drinking Age Doesn’t Help

July 14, 2009

Thank you author and speaker Lisa Frederiksen of Breaking the Cycles for this regular series sharing her decades long experience of dealing with family alcoholism and alcohol abuse. Click here to see the rest of the series.

Breaking the Cycles at The Discovering Alcoholic

One of the areas covered in the U.S. Surgeon General’s 2007 Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking is a presentation of data from the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Drugs, 2003, on binge drinking by European students ages 15-16. As you likely have read, there is an effort by American university and college presidents, called the Amethyst Initiative, that urges a debate on lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18. The belief is that a lower drinking age will remove the temptation to binge drink because alcohol consumption would be legal for students at age 18 (i.e., no need to drink as much as possible when an occasion arises because access will be legal and readily available).

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Wisconsin: At Least This Badger has an Excuse!

July 13, 2009

original pic by jasja dekker under creative commons license now at The Discovering Alcoholic

I couldn’t help but spring at the chance to offer another back handed tribute to woeful Wisconsin and it’s sad track record of alcohol abuse and DUI after hearing about this obnoxiously drunk badger. Yep, this was a real badger, meles meles- not to be confused with the more common North American type, the drunkus fanaticus. Stoned out its mind on fermented fruit, this usually ferocious ball of fur was a dumpy lump that literally had to be swept off the pavement. And like a typical drunkard, this intoxicated badger made its strongest statement of the evening… by fouling itself.

“The animal’s stomach had turned the fruit to alcohol and the badger was, to put it crudely, drunk as a skunk,” said a police statement on Wednesday. “In addition, the badger was suffering from diarrhoea studded with cherry stones.”

At least this badger has an honest excuse, the same thing can not be said for those in Wisconsin that keep the state at the top for DUI and underage drinking and at the bottom in enforcement.

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Wisconsin is the Weakest

June 21, 2009

Last year I ran with a blog entitled “What is Wrong with Wisconsin?” chiding the state with a flurry of W’s over their excessive drunk driving and underage drinking rates.

Considering that the official state beverage of Wisconsin is a sober glass of milk, it’s hard to miss the irony in that the state also leads the nation in those that admit to driving under the influence. Add the fact that it also has the dubious honor of scoring the highest percentage in the nation for underage drinking, and it’s even harder not to ask the question, “What’s wrong with Wisconsin?”

An additional W inspired scolding seems appropriate according to Judge George S. Curry who says Wisconsin has the weakest driving under the influence laws in the nation.

Wisconsin is the only state where a first operating while intoxicated offense is a traffic citation… Wisconsin is rated as one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to the number of drunken driving fatalities. ~ THonline

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The REAL Domestic Extremists That Threaten Our Nation

June 14, 2009

Killing without a cause!

Deadly Extremist Killing Thousands, Threaten Nation at The Discovering Alcoholic

On a daily basis they gather in dark smoky rooms across the country before dispersing out onto our highway system to claim yet more innocent lives. I am all for diversity, but our acceptance of these extremists living and practicing their dark arts right here among us is just too much for me to bear any longer. I am also getting very tired of the apologists and enablers that tacitly support this ritualistic behavior, from the parents that think it is just a phase to our media and entertainment industry that glorifies the practice.

Enough is enough!

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Not CSI: DUI Death Rate Trumps Stabbed, Shot, Suffocated and Poisoned Combined

May 8, 2009

I’m a big fan of the original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, like trying out old episodes of CSI: NY on Netflix, and occasionally will sit through my wife’s favorite CSI: Miami giggling every time the sunglasses come off with dramatic flair.  Not only these shows, but there must be ten other prime time presentations that highlight how we stab, shoot, suffocate and poison one another.  It seems all of America is obsessed with capturing the killers.  On Capitol Hill, gun law and hate crime legislation are always hot topics, but the 800 lb gorilla in the room everyone ignores is the number of highway fatalities caused by alcohol.  

 

DUI death numbers consistently trump murder rates, by all means, year after year.   If not for a good many irate mothers (MADD)- people would probably still ignore the obvious… unwilling to jeopardize their love affair with alcohol.  I doubt we’ll see a pilot of CSI: DUI anytime soon, not that there is much mystery about how a drunk behind the wheel kills people.

 

The chart below was composed by Howard Nemerov, the Austin Gun Rights Examiner.

 

DUI Murder

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