Celebrities and politicians are no different than anyone else. That is not true on all fronts, but they are human beings. Unfortunately for them, when they misbehave it becomes news. Politicians are always getting in trouble for alcohol, drugs, prostitution and fraud. This is a story from AJC.com about a politician suffering an alcohol-related incident.
Kip Smith, a Republican state senator in Georgia, was arrested and charged with DUI after officers spotted him running a red light.
Smith, a 29-year-old lawmaker was alone in his Jaguar and of course claimed he didn’t realize the light was red.
Of course Smith denied he had been drinking despite reeking of booze with watery eyes. After being pulled from the car he admitted he had consumed one beer 45 minutes earlier.
Another sign of guilt he refused a breathalyzer at the scene. The officer finally convinced Smith who blew a .091. which is above the legal limit of .08. Then Smith changed his story again and that one beer had been consumed 15 minutes earlier. Will politicians ever stop lying?
Smith proceeded to fail a field sobriety test as well.
After the tests, Smith was placed under arrested, and on the way to jail he stated that what had happened was his fault, and that he had been incredibly irresponsible. Further adding to his guilt were two more breath tests and Smith blew a .099 and then a .100, “well over the legal limit,” the report said.
Smith was charged with three offenses -- two DUI charges, and the third, failure to obey a traffic control device.
This is yet another case of our elected officials not acting responsibly. I hope that Smith can get sober with the help of a 16 hour alcohol class and become a positive member of society.
Few can deny that alcohol makes people do stupid things. How many times on the Fox television show “Cops” do you see an intoxicated person acting foolish? Drinking and driving is always a stupid idea.
Here is the story from the Chicago Tribune of an intoxicated person doing something very dumb. A man who was wearing only his underwear and socks was charged with misdemeanor DUI after he struck a squad car in Chicago, Illinois.
The incident happened at 11AM. Driving his 2010 black Honda, he eventually drove the wrong way on a one-way street and crashed into a squad vehicle that was assisting in the call.
Only Socks and Underwear
After the crash, the man opened the door and fell out of the car wearing only underwear and socks.
Twenty-four-year-old Arsenio Garcia was charged with misdemeanor DUI, using an alley as a through street, driving the wrong-way down a one-way street, no license, no insurance, failure to reduce speed and damage to public property.
Alcohol increases the likelihood of stupidity. Garcia needs to take an alcohol class and help make amends to society. If you or someone you care about has a drinking problem, please seek help immediately. If you prefer to maintain total anonymity, there are online 12 hour alcohol classes too.
Good solid family with open lines of communication and strong interaction is instrumental in keeping kids off of drugs and alcohol. If you can keep them off when they are younger, it will certainly help their future.
How many times a week does your family eat dinner together?
The answer to this question may be directly related to the risk of your teen’s drinking, smoking, or using other drugs.
Research has shown that compared to teens having frequent family dinners (5-7per week) those having infrequent family dinners (fewer than 3 such meals) are:
- More than two times as likely to use alcohol
- More than four times as likely to use tobacco
- Two and a half times as likely to use marijuana
- Nearly four times as likely to anticipate trying drugs at some point in the future
- Approximately four of every 10 teens interviewed reported having infrequent family meals. Given the current economy and necessity for parents to work long hours, we can only expect this figure to increase.
What makes family dinners so important is the chance to interact, share humor and sadness, achieve recognition for accomplishments, and find unconditional support when efforts fail. Basically, human bonding is the key to health and happiness.
The experience of having a predictable home base becomes increasingly valuable to teens as they move into the adult world and seek their place in it. It is especially important during the “bravado” stage of adolescence, when our kids become obnoxiously uncommunicative and dismiss family values as outdated.
Our goal as parents is to help our child make it to age 21 without abusing alcohol, using illegal drugs, and/or smoking tobacco. When this happens, the odds of his or her beginning to abuse these substances are small to nonexistent.
Finally, increased parent/child time decreases the amount of time a teen is likely to spend with peers who use illegal drugs, prescription drugs without a prescription, and/or over-the-counter medication to get high. Teens spending seven hours or less per week with their parents are approximately twice as likely to have at least one such drug-using friend as are those spending 21 or more hours with parents.
Family and human relationships are the essence of life. The only way to cultivate true relationships is in an alcohol and drug-free environment. You and your teens can learn more through alcohol awareness classes.
Alcohol and altitude do not mix. That is just a simple fact of chemistry. Have you ever been on a flight where there were angry or overly zealous drunks? I have. Not only have I been on a flight with those loud, obnoxious drunks, but I have been that drunk.
There is a lot less leeway with these passengers anymore. Last week, a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Costa Rica was diverted to Tampa, Fla., after a couple from Germany became unruly.
The captain made the call to land, the spokeswoman said. After the "unruly" passengers were removed, the plane went on to Costa Rica. The Germans, Peter and Gabriele Strohmaier of Dusseldorf, Germany were seated in first class and demanding food and champagne and refused to sit down.
Gabriele Strohmaier said that a Delta crew member exaggerated enormously and felt terribly insulted after her husband raised concerns about the food and beverage service. She said her husband had asked for a glass of champagne, but was told it was all gone.
Peter Strohmaier, who identified himself as a lawyer, said he "did nothing except to say I would like to have the meal and so on...all normal things." He said the Delta crew member told him she was not pleased with his attitude.
They say there are two sides to every story. However, there is no way this would have happened had these two not been intoxicated and acting out of order. Perhaps a good 8 hour alcohol class and some community service is in order. Somehow I expect some type of lawsuit from Mr. Strohmaier.
You can pretty much bet when you see a bar-fight that all of the combatants will be intoxicated. I have been in many bar-fights. Some I started, most just found me. It’s funny how when you are drunk the fights seem to happen more often.
Let’s face it most drunks in bars went in there with the intent of getting hammered. Logic dictates that alcohol increases the likelihood of aggressive behavior. He’s a story that may never have happened had the participants taken an alcohol class.
United Kingdom Story
A completely ripped pub-patron, who used a bottle to intimidate, was given 40 hours of unpaid work as part of a six-month community order.
Darryl Wayne admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior with intent to cause fear of or provoke violence.
The20-year-oldWayne said he had drunk five bottles of wine and one bottle of vodka and some cocktails and estimated his drunkenness as being eight out of 10.
There was an argument in the nightclub and Wayne picked up a bottle from the bar and hid it in his trouser pocket – another group seemed to be intent on confronting them.
Not mentioned was his three conspirators who also totally intoxicated, brawled alongside their bottle-wielding buddy. They are all 19 years old. How sad.
Let’s get these young men to an alcohol class and try and keep them from ruining their lives with booze. That was an absolutely shameful amount of booze to drink.
An Indiana man has more driving under the influence violations that anyone I have ever heard of. Care to guess how many he has received? I wrote about an Ohio woman last year who had just received her seventh. This guy, according to Pantagraph.com blows her away!
William Dietrich admitted to an officer during his 11th DUI arrest that he thought it was unsafe for him to be driving has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The 47-year-old was stopped as part of a roadside safety check. He immediately admitted to being in a drunken state. He was arrested as soon as officers noticed the open containers and strong smell of alcohol in the car.
Prior to this offense, Dietrich received DUIs in 1982, 1985, twice in 1986, 1989, 1991, 2000, 2002 and 2005. He also was cited for the offense in 2007, a conviction that resulted in an 8-year prison sentence. Dietrich was released on parole in September 2010 on that charge, but returned to prison for violating the terms of his release after the 2011 charges.
Under state law, the first and second DUI offenses a driver receives are misdemeanor offenses unless a child is in the vehicle and injured in a crash. Drunk driving moves up to a felony with the third offense and a Class X felony with the sixth, meaning the driver faces six to 30 years in prison.
Since 1987, Dietrich has been sentenced to prison six times on driving and criminal offenses. Sobriety check points are good things. It is nice to see their success. We can only hope Dietrich is a permanent pedestrian! This guy is a menace behind the wheel and I certainly hope he does not get a chance for #12.
Teens are a hard group to get through. If you are a teenager now, you think you know it all, and even if you don’t, you’re young and things will work out. If you’re an adult trying to get through to a teen, good luck. The best advice is to never give up – try, try, try!
In Virginia, like the rest of the country, drug and alcohol use and abuse among teens is at record levels.
According to the Washington Examiner, in the Alexandria City Public Schools drug and alcohol-related incidents more than doubled in the past two years.
With respect to drinking, smoking and taking drugs on school grounds -- or simply bringing the contraband to class -- the number of infractions jumped from 26 in 2008-2009 to 32 in 2009-2010, before hitting a record 52 last year.
Students suspended for having or using drugs on campus are usually out for less than 10 days, and are permitted to return as soon as they show they've sought treatment.
On the bright side, Arlington County Public Schools saw 67 drug, tobacco and alcohol infractions last school year, down from 101 the prior year and 82 in 2008-2009.
Another bright spot in Virginia is Fairfax County Public Schools, where offenses dropped to 788 from 915 in 2009-2010 and 999 in 2008-2009.
Increased alcohol and drug awareness is always a step in the right direction to help bring down the numbers. Hopefully with more Virginia Minor in Possession classes, and greater parent vigilance and responsibility we can work toward keeping our kids healthy and sober.
We all know that drinking alcohol is not good for you. We all know that it leads not only to addiction and reckless, erratic behavior, but increases the likelihood of just about every other major illness. From heart disease and gout to every form of cancer, even moderate consumption of alcohol raises the stakes for your health!
Why Do We Still Drink Booze?
Alcohol has a ubiquitous presence in our culture – from advertisements during sporting events to parties at and near college campuses.
Few people are aware of the growing consensus in the medical and public health communities that alcohol is strongly correlated with cancer. In fact, the risk is so great that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is a part of the World Health Organization, rates alcohol as a Class I carcinogen, equivalent to tobacco smoke.
Research is showing that basically every time you consume a drink, you increase your chances of disease slightly more than if you hadn’t consumed alcohol at all.
And the evidence does not stop there. According to the International Journal of Cancer, 3.6 percent of all cancer cases and 3.5 percent of all cancer deaths could be the result of alcohol intake. It doesn’t sound alarming at first, but when you consider the numerous potential causes of cancer that exist, the number becomes more striking.
Alcoholism is a disease and one that needs treatment. If you or someone you love has a drinking problem I urge you to seek help immediately. If you prefer to maintain total anonymity there are online alcohol classes too.
When you were in high school did you use drugs or alcohol? Did your friends? Was there a certain stigma given to people who did? Did race play a factor? According to a new study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and reported by Business Week, Asian and black teens are less likely to party.
Black and Asian teenagers in the U.S. are less likely to use alcohol or drugs than adolescents of other races.
The survey of 72,561 teens found that American Indian youth had the highest level of drug or alcohol use, with 48 percent reporting they had used the substances in the past year. That was followed by 39 percent of whites, 37 percent of Hispanics, 36 percent mixed-race teens, 32 percent of blacks and 24 percent of Asians.
Overall, 37 percent, or 27,705, of the teens in the study said they used alcohol or drugs in the past year.
These statistics still are quite alarming, especially given that they are probably skewed downward. This is a very real public health. We need to be looking for it and we need to be trying to jump in to do what we can to get these kids into treatment and turn them around while they’re still adolescents.
About 90 percent of all adults with alcohol and drug problems started using before the age of 18 and half started before the age of 15.
It seems that more MIP classes are needed. Despite all our efforts the message clearly is not coming through strong enough. Steps need to be taken now if we are to help save our and our children’s future.
The fact that alcohol is legal and reasonably affordable makes it a popular beverage choice. Other than nicotine products, there are no other legal over-the-counter options for people to get buzzed on. Of course now there are designer drugs and bath salts and of course whipped cream cans, but the fact remains alcohol is the legal choice for those who care to indulge in a legal chemical substance.
In Great Britain there is a push to increase the price of alcohol to help curb a growing problem of alcoholism.
According to the Shetland Times, advocates feel that inexpensive alcohol widely available on supermarket shelves is “destroying” the lives of people, and the statistics seem to support their claim.
Last year there were more reported people seeking treatment for their drinking problem than for all other drugs combined, including prescription medication!
Reports on one group of 105 new problem drinkers showed they had spent £343,315 (British Pounds) to satisfy their addiction versus more than £1.7 Million that 87 drug users spent on their illegal substances.
Let’s face it, alcohol is popular not only because it is legal, but because it is relatively inexpensive.
If the US Government wants to increase revenues and decrease alcohol consumption a logical move would be to tax the heck out of alcohol. Increase the price by 50-100% with part of the revenue going to beverage companies to increase their profit margin due to lower consumption rates.
What do you think of that?