Turks to Spend 60 years in the Pokey – Could Have Used Alcohol Class

Bootlegging is a serious business. Making bogus booze that kills ruins lives.

Two Turkish brothers were sentenced to more than 61 years in prison each for selling bootleg alcohol that led to the deaths of three German students.

The German students at a college in Luebeck, Germany — Rafael Neca, Jean Piere Follkers and Jan Lange — drank the poisonous liquor while on a class trip to the Turkish Mediterranean resort of Kemer in 2009. Neca died in Turkey, while Follkers and Lange suffered irreversible brain damage and died in Germany.

The brothers were partners in a company that allegedly sold the alcohol to the hotel where the students were staying.

The court in the nearby city of Antalya convicted Cengiz Emmez and Halil Ibrahim Emmez, of manslaughter, of causing injury and of contravening Turkey's contraband laws, Anatolia said. It then sentenced each of them to 61 years and eight months in prison.

Two other defendants — a hotel manager and another employee — were convicted of negligence and sentenced to five years in prison each. Eight other people were acquitted.

No surprise, all four have maintained their innocence and were expected to appeal their convictions.

This summer, Turkish authorities raided several workshops believed to be producing bootleg liquor and detained dozens of people. The bootleg products contained methyl alcohol, often used to illegally produce cheap liquor to avoid government controls and high taxes.

The raids came after five Russians who traveled to Turkey to train to be tour guides died after drinking bootleg alcohol during a yacht tour in the Aegean Sea.

Remember that alcohol is a drug and is poisonous to the human body. Be careful what you put in your body – it is the only one you have!

Drink Spikers Need Online Alcohol Class

Have you ever consumed a spiked beverage? Odds are that you have. It turns out that the spiking of drinks has gotten more dangerous.

In college there were many times where we spiked drinks – usually with grain alcohol (190 proof). I witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of grain alcohol on a human body. It can be a gut-wrenching experience I assure you.

Frightening new data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reveals that in 2009, more than 14,000 people visited hospital emergency room for intentional drug poisoning.

To fully understand what it means to “spike” a drink I will defer to an expert. Peter J. Delany, PhD, the director of SAMHSA’s Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality in Rockville, Maryland defines intentional poisoning as an attempt “to harm someone by deliberately getting them to take a potentially harmful substance without their knowledge.”

SAMHSA’s Drug Abuse Warning Network, which monitors drug-related emergency room visits in the US, says almost two-thirds of those poisoned were women, and 60 percent overall involved alcohol in combination with other drugs.

Such poisonings often occur when a known date rape drug is surreptitiously dropped into a cocktail at a bar or nightclub — which can precede a sexual assault or robbery.

To protect yourself, be aware of where your drinks are and reject free drinks from people you don’t know. And even if you’re intoxicated or taking illicit drugs, you should seek help immediately if you start to feel odd. An online alcohol class also would be a good place to start.

Not Again – Another Teacher in Need of Online Alcohol Class

It seems a week doesn’t go by where I read about a teacher supplying alcohol and or other drugs to students. If it is not supplying them with booze it is the teacher showing up to class intoxicated.

Former McPherson High School (Kansas) teacher and soccer coach Todd Brittingham was found guilty of endangering a child and furnishing alcohol to a minor. Brittingham pleaded no contest to both counts as part of a deal struck between the prosecution and defense.

Endangering a child carries with it a maximum sentence of one year in the McPherson County Jail and a $2,500 fine.  Furnishing alcohol to a minor, may result in up to six months in jail and is a class B misdemeanor

As part of the agreement, Brittingham will lose his license to teach and will pay restitution to the student’s family.

Sexual Aspect As Well

I am not privy to the circumstances, but the most serious charge levied against Brittingham was dropped. Brittingham was first charged with four counts of unlawful sexual relations with a student in addition to the one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor. The counts of unlawful sexual relations were amended away and the charge of endangering a child pursued as part of the plea agreement.

The story behind it is that a female student allegedly began texting with Brittingham, who suggested she drive to Galva to meet him at his home at around 11 p.m. According to earlier testimony, the student said she already had been drinking when Brittingham encouraged her to drive to his home. Upon arrival, the student said she drank a great deal and became intoxicated, forgetting much of what happened later in the night.

She testified in 2010 she woke up the next morning on a couch in Brittingham’s house semi-dressed, vaguely remembering having had intercourse with him.

The Sex Goes On and On

Testimony provided by the student earlier in court proceedings was not cited as contributing to the counts decided on Tuesday. They included a June 5, 2009, incident in which the student had earlier driven to Galva to engage in sexual relations with Brittingham, a May 19 incident in which sexual acts were performed in the girls locker room beneath the McPherson College stadium, and a July 9 incident, again beneath the stadium, in which the two began engaging in sexual acts but did not complete them.

Yet another case of teacher gone bad. Hopefully, with some jail time and a good online alcohol class, Brittingham can once again become a functioning member of society.

Another Teacher In Dire Need of Online Alcohol Class

There are so many stories of teachers doing stupid things these days it makes me ashamed for the other 99.9% of good educators. In the past few weeks a number of stories have come out about teachers being fired for being drunk in class. What the heck are they thinking?

A middle school teacher in Virginia has resigned after being accused of being drunk at school.

Radhakrishnan Sivaramapillai was in the middle of class when he was pulled out by a school resource officer and given a breathalyzer.

The 46-year-old physics teacher was arrested, jailed, and charged with being drunk in public. The teacher had no criminal record. He passed a background check when he was hired by Loudoun County Public Schools two years ago.

Making matters worse and more shameful for this teacher is the fact that Shrinavasan is the parent of a seventh grader at J. Michael Lunsford Middle School.

This is absolutely shameful behavior on the part of a person entrusted with packing our children’s minds with knowledge, for being a role model to the youth of America. I would hope after some time in jail and the humiliation, in conjunction with a good online alcohol class, he will once again become a positive force in society.

Should Students Be tested for Alcohol at School Events?

Things certainly are not getting any easier in high school. Restrictions are tougher, kids seem to be getting tougher and there is little if no trust on the part of school officials and administrators.

In some parts of the country students suspected of being under the influence of alcohol at prom and other school events will soon be subjected to a breath test.

There is no doubt that each year some students have shown up to dances intoxicated.

What They test With

A PBASD [passive breath alcohol sensor device] enables school district staff to check an approximate alcohol level quickly and efficiently without requiring the pupil’s active participation,” according to the draft policy.

The handheld device identifies alcohol on a person’s breath and in the air, according to the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association website. It is similar to a Breathalyzer test.

The device could be able to be used before, during and after dances, athletic events, proms, class trips, drama productions, graduation ceremonies and school assemblies, among other school activities and events.

Ideally, a principal or another designated person would be given permission to have students be randomly tested, for instance, allowing the testing of every fourth student entering an event.

The device could also be used if there’s reason to believe a student is under the influence on school grounds or at a school function.

If the student is found to be under the influence of alcohol, another screening would be done, according to the draft policy. If the student fails the test again, the incident would be reported to the principal or designated person and the school nurse or the school physician.

The cost of the device is still an unknown. The cost of implementing them could be lead to saved lives. I am all for them testing my kids.

Online Alcohol Class Could Prevent Birth Defects

The other day I blogged about how alcohol increases the likelihood of most forms of cancer. Now comes a report out of Australia that reinforces the notion of how bad alcohol and tobacco are during pregnancy.

The Australian Institute of Family Studies declared that besides knowing the harmful effects of smoking and alcohol drinking, Australian women continue to continue these habits during pregnancy.

However, the study also discovered that almost 18% of women smoked and 38% drank alcohol throughout their pregnancy stages.

Sharing his views about the study findings, the Australian Institute of Family Studies, Dr. Ben Edwards, asserted that the figure of women who had the terrible drinking habit during their pregnancy, as well as incorporated those mothers occasionally drank.

He further explained that the present modifications to these public health cautions, related to the exact level of alcohol consumption, might have caused mystification among the pregnant women.

He added, ''High levels of alcohol consumption in early pregnancy have been shown to be associated with severe outcomes for the baby although there have been fewer consensuses on whether low to moderate alcohol consumption is dangerous during pregnancy”.

The federal government issued some recommendation, claiming that all the women must withdraw from alcohol during pregnancy stages.

Moreover, during the month of October 2001, the government it modified these guidelines, declaring that dinking in a limited manner was certainly safe even during the pregnancy stages.

Meanwhile, the reported information also highlighted the fact that currently about 52% of women, falling in the uppermost earning class, were reported to intake alcohol only at some stage throughout pregnancy, and about 23% of poorer mothers consumed these deadly drinks.

In the meantime, a mother's monetary situation also played a crucial role whether she smoked or drank alcohol throughout their crucial pregnancy stages.

The reports spotlighted that approximately 36% of poorer mothers, who had lowly socio-economic quartile, did smoking during their pregnancy, in comparison to only 4% of the women, falling in the class of highest-earning.

Suffice it to say that neither habit should be indulged in during pregnancy. There is too much to risk, too much at stake.

Sailor Needs Online Alcohol Class

Discipline is an integral part of military culture. Service members are expected to comport themselves in a professional manner and gross personal misconduct is not at all tolerated.

#2 Going Down

The second-in-command of Navy warship HMAS Warramunga has been relieved of duty and sent home, pending an investigation into serious misconduct.

The action follows a drunken brawl in Singapore involving several sailors and a female officer prior to the Anzac class frigate sailing to Cambodia where a senior sailor died in a hotel room.

The dead sailor, Leading Seaman Bradley Livingstone, was one of 10 sailors who tested positive to alcohol while on duty earlier this year. Livingstone, who was found dead in a hotel room in the Cambodian port city of Sihanoukville, had been receiving alcohol counseling.

During the Singapore bar fight a female sailor was punched in the face by a male crewman before the local police and diplomatic staff were called and the drunks were escorted back to the vessel.

The melee allegedly lasted 45 minutes but was described by Navy as a "minor scuffle".

It is understood that the captain of Warramunga, Commander Michael Turner, was angry about the public exposure of his crew's poor behavior. Rumor has spread that the Warramunga has been plagued by problems with alcohol and drug abuse.

In one instance, several sailors allegedly attempted to purchase marijuana during a port visit in China. Earlier this year a sailor tested positive to cannabis during a random drug test, but kept his job because he was a "good sailor".

In March the former Navy chief Vice-Admiral Russ Crane warned all sailors that unless binge drinking was controlled he would implement a "no alcohol" policy for all foreign port visits and compulsory alcohol and drug testing. 

The military is pretty good about policing itself. I would like to see the military require all enlisted soldiers and officers to complete an online alcohol class.

Online Alcohol Class Could Help Prevent Breast Cancer

Is there any type of cancer or disease alcohol does not have a detrimental impact on? If so, there are not many. The latest report has alcohol increasing the likelihood of breast cancer in teens.

Drinking alcohol may increase the risk of breast cancer in teens, if they have a family history of the disease.

Harvard Leading the Way

Dr. Catherine Berkey, a biostatistician at Brigham n Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, led a team that investigated childhood and adolescent risk factors for benign breast disease among girls with a family history of breast cancer.

Benign breast disease, a large class of breast ailments that can cause breast lumps or breast pain, is a known risk factor for breast cancer.

The study found that among adolescent girls with a family history of breast cancer (or maternal benign breast disease), there was a significant association between amount of alcohol consumed and further increased risk of getting benign breast disease as young women.

The Growing Up Today Study (GUTS, founded by co-author Dr. Graham Colditz), included females who were aged nine to 15 years old.

Participants provided information regarding alcohol consumption, age at first menstrual period, height, and body mass index.

In the final two surveys, the participants (who were aged 18 to 27 years at the time) reported whether they had ever been diagnosed with benign breast disease.

A total of 67 reported receiving this diagnosis (confirmed by breast biopsy), while another 6,741 reported they had never been diagnosed with the disease.

Also, participants' mothers reported their own cases of benign breast disease and breast cancer, as well as breast cancer in their sisters and mothers (maternal aunts and maternal grandmothers of the participants).

Genes Do Count

Young women whose mothers or aunts had breast cancer were more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with benign breast disease compared to young women with no family history. Young women whose mothers had benign breast disease also saw their own risk (for benign breast disease) nearly double.

More importantly, among adolescent girls having a mother, aunt, or grandmother with breast cancer, the more alcohol the girls consumed, the more likely they were to develop benign breast disease as young women.

Hopefully studies like this which reveal the dangerous effects alcohol have on such a serious issue will deter some teens from experimenting with alcohol. I would encourage any teen looking for more information to enroll in an online alcohol class.

Len Dykstra Needs Alcohol Awareness, Drug Awareness and Theft Classes

One thing about Lenny Dykstra is that whatever he does he goes balls to the wall. The former Major League Baseball player who shined for the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies earned his nickname “Nails” from his untirable work ethic and leave it all out on the field mentality.

Even during his playing days the inner-demon of addiction reared its ugly head.  In 1993 Dykstra drove his Porsche 911 off the road at an incredibly high rate of speed, while totally bombed.  He was lucky that he and his passenger, catcher Darin Daulton, were not killed.  Both suffered multiple broken bones and required lengthy hospital stays and rehabilitation.

It looks like Nails is back at it.

An trouble for alleged financial wrongdoings, drug possession and grand theft auto, has now been charged with indecent exposure for showing off his, er, bat to prospective assistants he found over Craigslist.

Dykstra reportedly posted ads for personal assistants or housekeepers on Craigslist, but when the women arrived for the interview, he would “inform the women that the job also required them to give a massage and would expose himself to them,” according to prosecutors in Los Angeles. This happened at least six times, they say.

Dykstra was charged earlier this year in federal court with bankruptcy fraud and embezzlement, among other charges, and was arrested a month later for grand theft auto and drug possession and myriad other misdeeds. Prosecutors in that case say he used false information to lease a car from a Southern California dealership. He remains in jail since his June arrest.

Here’s to hoping nails can dedicate his energies to staying sober and out of trouble. It is going to take a major effort for the once great ball player.

Drinkers of Infused Booze Need Online Alcohol Class

Have you ever consumed infused booze? Odds are if you drink alcoholic beverages and enjoy mixed drinks – you have. Soon California bars may be able to sell infused drinks with impunity.

What will they infuse their drinks with - fruit, herbs and other flavors.

State lawmakers approved a measure clarifying a post-Prohibition section of legal code that regulators have used to crack down on bars and restaurants that imbue alcohol with different flavors. The bill by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, passed the state Assembly with no discussion or opposition, and now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration.

If the governor signs the bill, bartenders will be free to soak lemons in their vodka, concoct homemade sangrias, or create herb-infused cocktails without fear of punishment.

So what’s the deal and why is it an issue?

The issue arose in recent years, after the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, which regulates booze, began reading the decades-old section of code that prohibits "rectification" of distilled spirits to mean that house-infused drinks are illegal under California law. That interpretation, made clear in a 2008 memo, put the damper on creative barkeeps in cities such as San Francisco, where such homemade creations had become popular.

The memo defined rectification as "any process or procedure whereby distilled spirits are cut, blended, mixed or infused with any ingredient" that "changes the character" of the alcohol. ABC officials said making drinks on the spot that include other flavor elements was all right, but that soaking anything longer in order to create a new flavor element was out of bounds.

Leno and those in the hospitality industry argued that the prohibition of these types of drinks is hurting businesses, and put an urgency clause into the bill that will allow it to take effect immediately after it is signed by the governor. Leno said the bill was drafted in consultation with ABC officials.

The code was initially written to protect drinkers from bad, homemade booze after Prohibition was lifted. ABC officials told Leno they were enforcing the arcane law in order to make sure customers were not sickened.

First infused booze becomes legal – is marijuana next?