Wrestler Needs Nebraska Alcohol Awareness Class

Athletes and alcoholism do not mix.  If an athlete develops a serious drinking problem you can guaranty he will be drastically shortening his career.  In some cases he may end it prematurely.

This most-definitely is true for high school athletes.  For one Nebraska grappler his chances for a state title and college scholarship may be lost due to alcohol!

Omaha Burke high school lost a key member of its wrestling team before the state meet begins.  Absent was Justice Bridgeford, a returning Class A state champion at 160 pounds.

Bridgeford, 17, was arrested by Omaha police on suspicion of multiple offenses. He currently is facing criminal mischief, theft, minor in possession of alcohol and other charges.

Bridgeford, whose career record is 108-11, with a Class A state title in 2011 at 160 pounds, was 41-3 this season as a 152-pounder. He won a district championship last week.

His absence hurts Burke's chances of winning their first Class A team title since 2000.  The Bulldogs came into state as the top challengers to three-time defending Class A champion Grand Island.

Alcohol not only costs the school it is going to cost this young man his chance at a scholarship.  I am all in favor of second chances.  I would hope that an alcohol class and some community service might help Bridgeford regain his standing and give him a chance to wrestle at the college level.

Source: www.omaha.com

Students Need to Take Alcohol Class 101

Drinking alcohol is as ubiquitous to college as textbooks and lecture halls. For many, alcohol consumption is the centerpiece of their social interactions. Unfortunately most college students feel they are invincible and do not recognize the damage to their bodies their alcohol consumption is causing.

In addition to the physical damage to organs like the liver, binge drinking in college gives students a good head start on future alcoholism.

Should Universities Have Their Own Drinking Age?

Unique drinking laws for universities. How attractive it seems, the opportunity to drink legally while polishing that paper or arguing with a fellow student about how to save the world! Yet not only do I consider this to be an ineffective idea, I think it's entirely counterproductive to the American idea — universal freedom — that it is intended to further. This is just a bad, bad idea.

There is movement afloat, albeit a ridiculous one, to lower the drinking age or remove it altogether. There is, of course, nothing new about this debate. The drinking age is perhaps the last great age restriction in America that warrants widespread criticism — at least until sixth graders awaken with the pressing desire to drive.

License to Drink?

Would it be OK for your teen to drink if they took an alcohol awareness class and understood the dangers of alcohol better? This is another ridiculously stupid idea!

As such, a number of systems have been already proposed for how to effectively reform drinking legislation. Some, like that supported by former Tufts president Larry Bacow, advocate for requiring a license to drink not unlike that required to operate an automobile, holding as a prerequisite that applicants take a class to better understand the risks and responsible means for alcohol consumption.

If they truly are aware of the risks of alcohol consumption and they could think logically, they would know they should never take a drink in the first place!

The only people who want the drinking age lowered are those under the age of 21. Colleges like Tufts in Boston, MA should know better that a license to drink is nothing more than a piece of paper

Source: www.tuftsdaily.com

College Drinkers Need More Alcohol Classes

Nobody will deny that alcohol creates problems in people’s lives. There is no denying the role alcohol plays on college campuses. Students know they are going to be exposed to alcohol early and often in college. Administrators know the issue exists, but are at their wits end to solve the issue.

Drinking Creates Great Stories

Alcoholic exploits make for good gossip, and they tend to spread fast and wide. Excessive drinking seems normal, because it's dramatic and it gets a lot of attention and it makes it sound like everyone's doing it.

While it's not everyone, it's still a lot. Roughly 80 percent of college students drink, and half of them "engage in heavy episodic consumption," also known as binge drinking, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Combine that with the negative consequences — increased risks for violence and sexual assault, class failures, arrests, injuries and embarrassment — and some educators are now cautioning against sending teens away to school, where they can't be easily watched over.

Peer Pressure

While some campus education and prevention initiatives, like those offered by the University of Virginia’s Gordie Center, have helped reduce alcohol abuse and the associated consequences among college students over the past decade or so, the national numbers are still disturbing.

An NIAAA report released in 2009 shows that alcohol-related deaths of people ages 18 to 24 were up 14 percent to 1,825 in 2005, compared with roughly 1,605 in 1998. And the number of students reporting a DWI arrest skyrocketed 46 percent during the same time period, to 3.36 million from 2.3 million.

Everyone Drinks at College (almost)

Who's doing the drinking varies, but there are representatives from all groups, educators said: jocks, Greeks, nerds and socialites alike. Athletes, along with fraternity and sorority members, tend to be considered the stereotypical abusers, however, with each falling prey to peer pressure.

One study by the Harvard School of Public Health, have shown that athletes tend to drink more than their non-athlete peers and to experience more negative effects.

And among athletes, lacrosse players are among the biggest partiers, according to a National Collegiate Athletic Association report published this year looking at substance use among college athletes. The report was based on responses to the association's 2009 survey of 20,474 student athletes in 23 championship sports.

Hopefully, through more alcohol classes and counseling and paternal involvement alcohol consumption and addiction will start to decline.

source: www.baltimoresun.com

Zamboni Driver Needs Minnesota Alcohol Class


As a kid growing up in the Northeast I always admired the Zamboni drivers. For those of you who don’t know what a Zamboni is, it’s a motorized vehicle used to smooth the ice at ice rinks. I always wanted to drive a Zamboni. I even liked just saying the word, “Zamboni.”

A driver from Minnesota was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in the town of Apple Valley. This was reported in yahoo sports. Of course, that hardly qualifies as a bizarre event; there are plenty of people arrested on suspicion of DUI across the country every day. Still, this particular Minnesota DUI was unusual. The arrest didn't come on a city road; it came just off the ice at a youth hockey rink.

Apple Valley resident Joel Bruss was taken into custody at the Hayes Hockey Arena on suspicion of operating the rink's Zamboni machine while intoxicated.

The 34-year-old failed field sobriety tests before being taken to a local police station for a blood-alcohol test. Not surprisingly, Bruss had also been arrested on DUI charges in 2002 and twice in 1999.

Innocent Before Proven Guilty?

While charges may not be filed against the driver until the blood-alcohol test results are returned, the circumstantial evidence against the man certainly seems to be stacking up against him. The Pee Wee coach who called 911 to report the man offered a troubling recollection of the driver's 25 minutes attempting to re-surface the Hayes ice (re-surfacing an ice rink traditionally takes approximately 10 minutes) before his team skated back out after a break.

One of the Pee Wee coaches noted that before the game the Zamboni was making stripes across the ice. After the game he was weaving all over and slurring his words. The coach also noted that the driver smelled like Red Bull and had blurry red eyes before he had even taken to the ice before the game, indicating that he may have been drinking before arriving at Hayes for the evening Zamboni shift.

If the driver in question harbored any hopes of escaping punishment because he wasn't driving a car, he may be in for a harsh surprise. Driversin the state of Minnesota have been arrested for piloting everything from a ride-on lawnmower in a yard to a farm tractor, a class of vehicles which would certainly include a Zamboni.

Dui behavior is abhorrent. It is made much worse that it occurred in a youth hockey center. With his history of DUI I would hope that Bruss gets some jail time. He also needs to take an alcohol class and get personal counseling.


Brits Need Alcohol Classes

As a counselor for alcohol awareness classes I often discuss the role of government regulation as it relates to drinking behavior. Whether you drink or not I am sure you have an opinion on this. In England, one of the government’s leading officials is discussing some of the problems they have created through legislation.

Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's former spokesman, examines the British middle class's troubled relationship with alcohol and his own long and complicated history with booze.

To read the headlines about Britain's problems with alcohol, you might think it is largely an issue of teenage binge-drinking in town centers up and down the country.

You would be very wrong. Young people drinking too much is a problem. But it is not the biggest drink problem Britain faces. The real problem comes in the form of hidden alcoholics.

Back in my hard-drinking days I was one of them (only in the US, not the UK) - professional, successful on the surface, with a good job, a steady relationship, a mortgage and lots of friends. But I was heading for a very big fall.

Studies have shown that the professional classes are now the most frequent drinkers in the England and that 41% of professional men drink more than the recommended daily limit of three to four units at least once a week. Women are also drinking much more than they used to, with alcoholic liver disease now split evenly between the sexes.

Back in my days in corporate America, the bars were just an extension of the office.

When I worked a news reporter for a local daily it was just a sea of alcohol. If you were editing the paper, people just came in to your office to empty your drinks cabinet.

24-hour Mistake?

One of the laws Campbell sites as a mistake of regulation is the law allowing alcohol to be purchased 24 hours a day. He lists this among the few things he disagreed with while serving under Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Recent figures show that nearly 9,000 people die each year in the UK from alcohol-related diseases. Perhaps more alarmingly, liver disease in general is the only major cause of death in Britain that is on the rise, year after year - claiming 100 lives every week - whereas mortality for all the smoking diseases is falling dramatically.

Then came the booze cruises to France and the birth of a seemingly unquenchable British thirst. Since 1970, our consumption of wine has gone up five-fold, according to the Beer and Pub Association. We now consume 1.6 billion bottles a year (not counting the ones we drink when we go abroad). It has gone from a middle-class luxury to an everyday part of middle-class life.

Don’t get me wrong, I do feel government has a role to play in setting rules and regulations on responsible drinking. But the end decision to drink lays with the drinker not the government. We need to continue efforts to educate the public through alcohol classes to the dangers of alcohol.

source: news.bbc.co.uk

Teachers Need Alcohol Classes Too

Teachers are one of the bastions of society. We entrust teachers to our children’s development and well-being. We have to expect teachers to be role models in front of our children.

What they do behind closed doors is their own business, but please comport yourself honorably in front of our children.

Do you remember the story from New York City, New York where a teacher who had passed out in class, reeking of alcohol, with even the principal unable to rouse her? The teacher’s uni0on stood behind her and made discipline nearly impossible. A perfect example of unions overstepping their usefulness.

More Union Troubles

Don’t get me wrong, I think unions served an important purpose and could still be important today. But they go way too far.

In Los Angeles. California there is a deeply disturbing incident where union officials helped a teacher keep his job after he allegedly mocked a student who had tried to commit suicide, suggesting that the boy slash his wrists more deeply the next time.

In many cities, teachers’ unions ensured no one was removed for mere incompetence. If a teacher stole or abused a student, yes, but school boards didn’t even try to remove teachers who couldn’t teach.

Connecticut Leading the Way

Connecticut has arguably become ground zero for school reform in America because it is transforming the system with the full cooperation of the union.

A couple of years ago, the school district reached a revolutionary contract with teachers. Pay and benefits would rise, but teachers would embrace reform – including sacrificing job security.

With the increasing number of teachers abusing alcohol in front of our children sacrificing job security is the least we should expect. Not a week goes by where I don’t read about some teacher drunk in class or with students. Getting the unions on board so that their members are all exemplary models for our kids is the right next step for turning our education system around!

source: www.thenewstribune.com

Virginia Lacrosse Player One of Many Needing More Underage Drinking Classes

We all remember the tragic events at the University of Virginia last with the death of lacrosse player Yeardley Love. If you recall she was allegedly beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend, George Huguely V, a player on the top-ranked Cavaliers men’s team.

There's little question that Huguely, the former University of Virginia student on trial for murder, had a problem with alcohol.

History of Alcohol-related Troubles

He had been arrested twice for drinking-related infractions, one of them violent, in his early 20s. And he admits to consuming at least 15 drinks — and likely had more, witnesses said — the day he confronted Love at her off-campus apartment in 2010, assaulting her so severely she later died.

But trial testimony over the past two weeks from witnesses, most of them former U.Va. students, has repeatedly shown that Huguely, now 24, was part of a college culture where some young people drink before working on papers, "pregame" before going to bars and drink to get drunk almost every time.

As a college graduate myself I can attest to the ridiculous amount of drinking that goes on. Like many alcoholics, my problem with booze began in high school.

The alcohol abuse starts in high school, with kids imbibing on the weekends, and frequently grows out of control once they're out from under their parents' supervision, prevention experts said. They added that shows like MTV's "Real World" and "Jersey Shore" and annual lists of top party colleges add fuel to the fire, feeding an impression that everyone gets wasted all the time.

Who is to say that had Huguely received alcohol classes that this incident might not have happened. Many drunks do not get violent when they drink. Colleges are most-definitely aware of the role alcohol plays on campus and have no illusions that many of their students are getting drunk. So what is the answer? How can we keep alcohol-related tragedies from happening?

Source: www.baltimoresun.com