UGA Football Star Needs Georgia Alcohol Class

Alcohol and drugs are often present when police investigate scenes of domestic violence. Why do you think that is? There is one football star from the University of Georgia who wishes he had never used alcohol or drugs.

At least now, Sanders Commings’ legal troubles are officially behind him. This according to blogs.ajc.com. Georgia’s senior cornerback was arrested on domestic violence charges in January and pleaded guilty to simple battery and disorderly conduct, was sentenced to 12 month’s probation and fined $200 plus surcharges.

In addition to those penalties he also has to perform community service, undergo anger management counseling and a substance abuse evaluation and will be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings.

The 22-year-old Commings was arrested by University of Georgia police on charges of domestic violence/simple battery. Police were waved down by the victim and four witnesses a short time after Commings and his ex-girlfriend had a late-night argument in downtown Athens. Commings was alleged to have struck the young woman as he tried to push her away.

The star defender also was punished by the football team.  Commings was suspended for the first two games of the 2012 season by head coach Mark Richt, and also was punished by the UGA Office of Student Conduct, which placed him six months of student probation, ordered him to do 25 hours of community service, attend an alcohol education class and an anger management class.

Commings started all 14 games for the Bulldogs at cornerback this past season. He had 55 tackles and an interception and led the team with 12 pass break-ups.

Hopefully the alcohol education class and anger management counseling will help keep him from future issues.

Police Officer Needs California Alcohol DUI Class

Should police officers be held to a higher standard when it comes to drinking and driving? Let’s face it – cops are normal people just like you and me. They have their good parts and their bad sides too. If I was employing these officers I certainly would want them to conduct themselves in a legal and moral fashion on and off the job.

Mario Manuel Castro is a police officer, or should I say former police officer with a problem with alcohol. Last week as reported in the OC Weekly, he was caught driving on the wrong side of the road and toward a police officer. 

Castro was convicted and sentencedfor California driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol with a .24 blood alcohol level on the wrong side of the road toward an oncoming marked police vehicle. Obviously Castro was lucky that he or someone else did not wind up dead.

The 33-year-old pleaded guilty to a court offer to one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol with a prior, one misdemeanor count of driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or more with a prior, and a sentencing enhancement allegation for having a blood alcohol level over .15 percent.

Castro has a prior conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol inLos Angeles Countyin 2009. Castro was sentenced to 60 days in jail, five years of informal probation, and was ordered to complete an 18-month Multiple Offender Alcohol Program and attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving Victim Impact Panel

The incident of course occurred in the middle of the night. At 2:15AM he was pulled over after getting hammered at a bar in Costa Mesa. To his credit, at least he was off-duty and not driving his police cruiser. But really, at .24 he deserves no credit! 

When pulled over he displayed objective signs of alcohol intoxication including emitting strong odor of alcohol and extremely unsteady balance. 

Shameful behavior by one of America’s finest. Hopefully with a solid alcohol class and some time in jail to think about his indiscretions, Castro can return to becoming a sober and positive influence in society.

Parents Need New Hampshire Alcohol Class

Does your mom or dad try to be your best friend?  Do you try and make your child your friend?  Neither one of those are necessarily wrong, unless it becomes a factor in allowing an underage person to drink alcohol.

Stories seem to be coming out every day about parents providing alcohol to their children and trying to be a friend more than a parent to their child.  The following story illustrates perfectly why parents need to be responsible adults and steer their children away from drugs and alcohol.

In New Hampshire last week the parents of a teen decided to host a party where alcohol was served.  So far three over the age of 18 have been arrested and charged in connection with this party.

John Haithcock, 54, was arrested Monday and charged with facilitating an underage alcohol house party and false public alarms, both Class A misdemeanors.

Haithcock is the third member of the family to be arrested for their alleged roles in the incident. Sandra Haithcock, 45, and Matthew Haithcock, 18, also were arrested Friday and charged with facilitating an underage alcohol house party, a Class A misdemeanor.

It should come as no surprise that Matthew is the son of John and Sandra.

John Haithcock is CEO of White Pine Builders, a contracting firm. He ran for Hollis School Board in 2007 and has served as an alternate on the town Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Police were tipped off to the party by a tow truck operator who had gone to the area to help with a situation. Police responded and found several underage subjects in a detached garage in possession of alcohol, Mello said.

Nice Parenting

John Haithcock also is accused of reporting a false emergency by calling E911 and reporting the police department was at his home to do him harm.

Marijuana was also recovered during the incident and three underage subjects were taken into protective custody.

Nice parenting, right?  This is yet another example of why parents need an alcohol class.  They must make being a parent paramount to being their child’s friend.

More Youngsters Taking MIP Classes and Attending AA Meetings

As a counselor for both in-class and online Minor in Possession Classes I have noticed a huge surge in the number of youngsters – those under the age of 25 – attending my classes as well as going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Boozin’ Susan

A perfect example was the tall and lithe, 23-year-old Suzanne — once known to her University of Kansas sorority sisters as “Boozin’ Susan”. When I met her she was carrying a load of folding for an AA meeting.

Ten young people amble in and, over the next hour, tell why they’re here.

“Hi, I’m Claire, and I’m an alcoholic.” Age 23.

“Hi, I’m Matt, and I’m an alcoholic.” Age 25.

“Hi, I’m Jean, and I’m an alcoholic and an addict.” Age 17. She first got drunk on vodka when she was 8.

There is Stephanie, 20, and two seats away a 19-year-old addict fresh to sobriety. There are Mike and Will, both under 26.

Two sorority girls. A couple of athletes. Gen-Y’ers, children of affluence and of poverty. One young man’s abstemious parents never raised a bottle. Others barely remember mom or dad without a drink or drug in hand.

At a time when binge drinking remains at epidemic levels, and as tens of thousands of high school and college students begin packing for spring break destinations where alcohol flows freely, thousands of other young people nationwide will flow into meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, having concluded that what they once thought was a rite of youth is an addiction.

Young people in their 20s and even late teens have been part of AA from some of its earliest years, not long after Bill Wilson founded the fellowship in 1935 on a 12-step approach.

A combination of Minor in Possession classes and AA meetings provide a strong background for someone to quit using and abusing alcohol. With drug and alcohol use more prevalent now than ever we must continue to ensure that our children take alcohol classes, that they are more than aware of not only the dangers of drinking at a young age, but also how susceptible they are to becoming addicted to alcohol!

From the Kansas City Star.

Do All Costa Cruise Lines Need Mandatory Alcohol Drug Class?

Most of us bore witness to the tragic crash of the Costa cruise ship off the coast of Italy this past January. We also learned of the rare cowardly action by the captain to jump ship rather than ride his luxury liner to the bottom of the 30-foot seas.

Now, with the Costa Allegra safely in the Seychelles, the ship's owners have been hit by claims ships in the fleet, including the Costa Concordia, were hotbeds of sexual harassment, drinking and drug abuse.

Former Costa Cruises staff have claimed to prosecutors that drug and alcohol abuse, and the use of prostitutes, took place among crews aboard the company's liners, including the doomed Concordia, which crashed into rocks off the Italian coast in January with the loss of 32 lives.

As reported in the New Zealand Herald, Valentina B, who worked as a nurse aboard the Costa Atlantica vessel in January 2010, claimed she witnessed "corruption, drugs and prostitution". The vessel was then under the command of captain Francesco Schettino. He is under house arrest, suspected of multiple manslaughter and of abandoning ship before passengers after crashing the Concordia on January 13.

Another ex-employee, known as "Mery G", said: "I worked on the Costa Concordia in 2010 for only two months ... very often the officials and crew were drunk." She also claimed she was molested by a drugged crew member.

Supposedly, these particular claims were two among hundreds of others in which drug abuse and prostitution were not mentioned, so we don't know how much credence should be given to them.

Tests have shown that Schettino had not used drugs before the Concordia collision. Some witnesses say they saw him drinking but others dispute it.

Either way, anyone who ever has been on a cruise ship knows the party atmosphere. As a 21-year-old passenger on my first cruise I partied with the crew below decks and it was one wild affair.

I would like for each cruise line to make it mandatory for all crew to take a drug and alcohol class.

John Goodman Needs an Alcohol Class and More

Does the name John Goodman sound familiar to you? Who comes to mind? The person I am speaking about is relatively famous. Of course we are talking about the mogul John Goodman.

He is the polo mogul accused of manslaughter DUI in Florida according to the Orlando Sentinel. His attorney, Roy Black repeatedly quizzed prospective jurors on their attitudes about drinking and then driving immediately afterward, whether they had heard of a car malfunctioning while being driven and made reference to "sudden acceleration in cars."

Get to the Issues Already!!!

Black also asked jurors about "temporary amnesia" and if they ever had suffered a concussion and, afterward, did not know what they were doing.

"What if you have a couple of drinks right before you drive and you're not impaired or above the lawful limit," Black asked one prospective juror.

A number of prospective jurors agreed that it was not illegal for them to drive after a few drinks if they were not impaired or above the legal blood-alcohol limit of .08 percent.

Black also asked if anyone would call a loved one after an emergency rather than call 911.

All of those questions reflected on aspects of the Goodman case.

The Real Issue

Prosecutors say Goodman, 48, was driving his Bentley convertible at 63 mph and ran a stop sign, smashing into a Hyundai driven by Scott Wilson, 23, who was on his way home from Orlando to visit family.

The crash happened around 1 a.m. Feb. 12, 2010. Prosecutors allege that in the hours before the crash Goodman — the founder of Polo Club International Palm Beach — had been drinking at two Wellington watering holes that cater to the polo community.

The impact flipped Wilson's car upside down into a canal and he drowned. Goodman was charged with DUI-manslaughter and vehicular homicide while failing to render aid. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

After the crash, Goodman left the scene. He ended up at a nearby trailer, where he used a woman's cell phone to call his girlfriend in Atlanta before calling 911, about an hour after a passerby first reported the crash.

Three hours after the crash, Goodman's blood-alcohol level was measured at .177 percent, more than twice the legal limit to drive.

In his questions, Black suggested that Goodman may only have had a few drinks before the crash. The defense has a blood-alcohol expert who could testify that Goodman's blood-alcohol level was on the rise in the hours following the crash. Could it be he was still drinking?

Black's questions also suggest one defense for Goodman may be that he suffered a concussion in the crash and did not have his wits about him afterward. Black also asked if jurors ever had suffered "temporary amnesia."

Several prospective jurors said they were familiar with media coverage of that case, including recent reports concerning Goodman's adoption of his 42-year-old girlfriend, making her a beneficiary of a $300 million trust for his two minor children. This is the first time I ever have heard of a man adopting his girlfriend.

What a cock-and-bull story. The guy was drunk and killed someone. Is it murder? Maybe. Is it manslaughter? Definitely.

Hopefully the continual push toward alcohol education with more classes both in-class and online alcohol classes will prevent future drivers from getting behind the wheel after they have had too much to drink.

A Virginia DUI Class Long Ago May Have Avoided 24 DUI Arrests

Research has shown that a good Virginia alcohol class is helpful in avoiding recidivism among drunken drivers. That is why most courts in the United States make first-time offenders take an alcohol-class. Perhaps if Tracy Michael Decker had been ordered to an alcohol class after his first arrest for DUI he might not have driven intoxicated and gotten arrested 24 more times!!

For his pathetic actions, Decker was sentenced to seven years in prison for probation violation after the man's 25th arrest for drunken driving.

The 39-year-old had previously been convicted of DUI in Virginia Beach in July 2006 and had received a 20-year sentence with 15 years suspended. Decker was subsequently arrested four times for DUI in Alabama between January and April of 2011, violating his probation in Virginia Beach.

Also under the new sentence, Decker is ordered to remain on good behavior for 20 years after his release and receive treatment for substance abuse. He will not be allowed to drive for 20 years after his release. If it were up to me he would never have a license to drive.

This Guy is a real Winner!!

His most recent arrest in Virginia Beach came on Jan. 22, 2006, when he got into an argument with an employee at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel while stopping to pay the toll. When police responded to the incident, they determined that Decker's blood-alcohol level was .28, more than three times the legal limit. He also had an open container of alcohol in the car, and two unrestrained 4-year-old passengers.

 Decker pleaded guilty in circuit court and was sentenced to 20 years, with 15 years suspended. He was released in August 2010, and then had four subsequent DUI arrests in Alabama.

Do you think he should be driving anymore? This guy is a menace to society.

Pro Golfer and NFL Star, MLB Minor Leaguer Need Florida Alcohol Class

Her nickname is “Chill,” and on the golf course she seems to have ice-water in her veins. She is a gorgeous rising star on the LPGA tour. Now she can add a police record to her resume!

Rachel Louise Connor and Ryan Patrick O'Shea, a minor league player with the Baltimore Orioles both were arrested within hours of each other for DUI in Florida this week. This reported in the Herald Tribune.

Connor had been at a restaurant and nightclub. O'Shea had been drinking at the public beach on Siesta.

Connor was the first to be arrested. Incidentally, former NFL star and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George was in the passenger seat of Connor's car.

Shortly after 2 a.m., a deputy for Sarasota County reported Connor’s car going about 40 mph in a 20 mph zone.

The officer “smelled a very strong odor of alcoholic beverage” and identified Connor, a 21-year-old with a Bradenton condo as her address, as the driver.

Reports stated that Connor failed walking and counting tests and that her blood alcohol level on a jail breath monitor registered at .133 and .137, well above the legal limit of .08.

Connor admitted to having two vodka cranberry drinks. While alcohol affects everyone differently, that is total hooey! This golfer definitely needs a Florida alcohol class!

Once again celebrities and athletes get themselves in trouble with alcohol. The best prescription to keep this from happening again is to not drink.

Is LSD A Good Substitute for An Alcohol Class?

There are all kinds of crazy theories of how to quit drugs. Here is the latest and it may have scientific value.

One dose of the hallucinogenic drug LSD could help alcoholics give up drinking, according to an analysis of studies performed in the 1960s.

A recent study repoted by the BBC of 500 patients found there was a "significant beneficial effect" on alcohol abuse, which lasted several months after the drug was taken. An expert said this was "as good as anything we've got".

LSD is a class A drug and is one of the most powerful hallucinogens ever identified. It appears to work by blocking a chemical in the brain, serotonin, which controls functions including perception, behavior, hunger and mood.

Benefits of LSD

Patients were all taking part in alcohol treatment programs, but some were given a single dose of LSD of between 210 and 800 micrograms.

For the group of patients taking LSD, 59% showed reduced levels of alcohol misuse compared with 38% in the other group.

This effect was maintained six months after taking the hallucinogen, but it disappeared after a year. Those taking LSD also reported higher levels of abstinence.

Researchers believe that a single dose of LSD has a significant beneficial effect on alcohol misuse and suggested that more regular doses might lead to a sustained benefit.

Is this skewed logic? Researchers also claim that curing alcohol dependency requires huge changes in the way you see yourself. That's what LSD does. Furthermore, they state that LSD is probably as good as anything we've got for treating alcoholism.

If this is the best, alcoholics are in serious trouble. Following are a few of the dangers of using LSD.

  • During a trip the person may put themselves in danger without realizing it such as thinking they can fly and trying to jump off a high building.
  • In some people, especially if LSD is taken in high doses, the drug can cause intense anxiety and panic attacks.
  • Some people experience flashbacks, reliving a bad trip weeks or even months after it happened.
  • In those already vulnerable, LSD may be the trigger for psychotic illness. Paranoia and other symptoms typical of schizophrenia may occur.

For me the answer certainly is not LSD. More alcohol classes and help programs like Alcoholics Anonymous will get the alcoholic the treatment they need without subjecting them to a powerful hallucinogen!

Could Online Alcohol Class Have Helped Avoid Tragedy?

Let’s face it drinking alcohol, doing drugs and playing in water do not mix. The horror stories could go on for pages. Each year thousands of people are killed or severely injured by mixing drugs and alcohol.

Following is a tragic tale from Kent Online of two young men who made the stupid decision to become a statistic in the above-mentioned tragic category.

No Canterbury Tale

In Canterbury, England two young men were found dead in a pond and the ensuing autopsy found drugs and alcohol in their system. The two had been seen with other friends the previous night drinking and having a good time.

Friends and family were obviously shocked by their deaths. Locals all considered them both kind and gentle people and found their deaths especially tragic.

Toxicology results show Hugo Wenn, 17, and 25-year-old Daniel Lloyd had methoxetamine - known as MXE - and alcohol in their bodies.

MXE has been billed as a safe alternative to ketamine.

Both men's bodies were found in Reed Pond, and post mortems revealed they both died from drowning.

Folks, don’t become a statistic. Alcohol can kill you. If you or someone you love is drinking and or doing drugs please seek help immediately. If you prefer to maintain anonymity there are online alcohol classes too.