Despite Claims, Miss America Rima Fakih Needs DUI Class

I am not the only counselor for DUI classes who thinks Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih needs an alcohol class. It turns out the judge in her driving under the influence (DUI) case agrees.

Former Miss USA Rima Fakih was sentenced for the DUI she received last year.  She received six months’ probation and 20 hours of community service. In addition she must pay $600 in fines and court costs. Fakih must also undergo a mandatory alcohol class. This according to examiner.com.

Fakih reached a settlement with prosecutors in the case just hours before it was set to go to trial. In the settlement, she pleaded no contest to misdemeanor driving while visibly impaired. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop the much more serious charge of operating while intoxicated.

She was originally arrested in the Highland Park suburb of Detroit, Michigan, on suspicion of drunk driving. Police noticed she was speeding and weaving through traffic.

Once pulled over, Fakih denied drinking any alcohol that night and confidently blew into the breathalyzer.

Uh oh – she blew a .20. It didn’t help that officers also claimed a half empty wine bottle was found on the vehicle’s floor board, behind the driver’s seat. She was immediately cuffed and booked for DUI.

Hopefully this young beauty has learned from her mistake. Hopefully the alcohol class she takes will help keep her clean and sober for the rest of her life!

African Teachers Need Alcohol Class

Have you ever noticed that one of your teachers was drunk or had been drinking? Evidently, teacher addicted to the bottle are quite common in Africa. I know I had one teacher who was fired for being drunk at a school function, but I never knew or heard of a teacher drunk in class.

Apparently, it is becoming a major problem in Africa. This according to allafrica.com. Students at Gam Secondary School have accused teachers of coming to school for duty while heavily under the influence of alcohol.

These same students even claimed that their principal at times comes drunk to school and then insults students while reeking of alcohol and apparently very heavily under the influence of alcohol.

The situation in classroom is especially pathetic as some teachers allegedly smoke in classrooms during classes and they are also under the influence of alcohol while on duty. They also insult learners in their mother tongue, which most of the learners do not understand.

The students even claim that it is not unusual for the drunken principal to vomit in front of students due to extreme intoxication.

What kind of message does this send to the students?

This blog will not delve into all of the horrors going on in these African schools, but suffice it to say that some teachers even request sexual favors from students with the threat of bad grades if they refuse!

There are even reports of physical violence with teachers striking students! What kind of learning environment is this? Do they not want to elevate their quality of lives?

Where are the parents here? This is an abominable situation. I would like to see mandatory alcohol classes for all teachers and students. Perhaps the parents need one too.

Mike Ditka’s Kids Needs Illinois DUI class

Nobody wants to piss off former Chicago Bears football coach Mike Ditka. I certainly would not want to be in his son’s shoes right now. Coach Ditka, most likely is well-aware of his children’s problems with alcohol.

The younger son of Ditka aggressively challenged his driving under the influence (DUI) charge. This according to triblocal.com. He claims the Breathalyzer test should be tossed out because it may have been tainted by chewing tobacco. Anyone who has combined chewing tobacco with alcohol knows it totally enhances the buzz. I am not so sure it changes blood-alcohol concentration levels.

Mark Ditka, 49, andhis older brother Michael P. Ditka, 50, have been charged with Dui this year. Michael P. Ditka also had key evidence in his case thrown out and was exonerated.

Ditka’s blood alcohol content at 0.16 percent, twice the legal limit. Do you really think dip played a role in that? Mark Ditka refused to submit to an admissible blood-alcohol test back at the Deerfield Police Department. Mark claims he had not had any alcohol in more than a day. What a total load of hooey!

This guy was so guilty. Police noticed he was slurring his words, smelled like booze. his eyes were blood shot and miserably failed all field sobriety tests.

Adding to this picture of guilt is that this is the third DUI arrest for Mark Ditka, who has also been cited for speeding at least five times.

Coach Ditka should kick his adult children into rehab! Five DUI arrests between them is a sure sign they have problems with alcohol abuse. I would like to see these two take Illinois DUI alcohol education classes and get counseling so that they can lead sober and productive lives.

Thomas Kinkade Needed Alcohol Class and Drug Class

An art lover since birth, I was ever-so-saddened by the death of one of my favorite painters, Thomas Kinkade, last month. His Christina themes and brilliant lighting and color adorn many of the walls in my home!

The Christina artist died in his California home on April 6th after suffering an overdose from accidentally consuming an excessive amount of Valium and alcohol. This according to the christianpost.com. This is very similar to the recent death of pop sensation Whitney Houston.

Kinkade, who called himself the "Painter of Light," was only 54 years old when he passed away.

It turns out the painter was combining alcohol with Diazepam and died from "acute ethanol and Diazepam intoxication," meaning an overdose of alcohol and Valium. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Diazepam (among a class of antidepressants known as benzodiazepine), goes by the brand name Valium. The drug is commonly prescribed to help "relieve anxiety, muscle spasms, and seizures and to control agitation caused by alcohol withdrawal."

It is well-known that the artist suffered from alcoholism for years and had recently suffered a relapse after being sober for quite some time.

Not surprisingly, the value of his work has skyrocketed since his death. Despite his great talent and fame, the artist died deeply in debt, owing creditors up to $9 million.

Kinkade's paintings, full of Christian imagery, have become so prominent that it is estimated that about one in every 20 U.S. homes holds one of his works.

Kinkade had a God-given talent that he used to make many people’s lives brighter. I wish he had taken a 24 hour alcohol class, and perhaps even a drug class, so that he could continue to provide light for all of us.

Pastor Needs Florida Alcohol Class

It always saddens me when one of God’s messengers falls victim to the sin of addiction. Of course, we all are human and infallible. We all need to ask for Our Savior’s forgiveness for something.

As a counselor for 8 and 12 hour alcohol classes I am acutely aware of stories involving religion and alcohol-related incidents. In Florida, the worship director of one of the largest churches faces a drunken driving charge after he was arrested for weaving and almost hitting a patrol car.

Jeffrey Brian Calhoun, a 49-year-old executive was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) after breath tests showed blood-alcohol levels of 0.116 and 0.119. This according to tampabay.com.

The incident occurred, like usual, in the middle of the night - shortly after 3 a.m. When Calhoun exited the vehicle, the deputy noticed the strong smell of alcohol on his breath and "bloodshot, glassy" eyes. He admitted to having had two beers and a glass of wine.

This is a shameful story. Is Calhoun an alcoholic? If he has one arrest for an alcohol-related incident I would ask him at the very least to take an alcohol class. If you or someone you care about has a drinking problem, please seek help. If you prefer to maintain anonymity, there are online Florida alcohol classes too.

London Youth Need Alcohol Classes

When the Brits talk about binge drinking being a huge national problem, they are not alone. Binge drinking among adolescents is it an all-time high. Throw in the abuse of other drugs such as marijuana, prescription medication and harder drugs and it seems like our youth and our future is going up in smoke!

One story out of a London clinic from Fox News reported girls slumped in wheelchairs, barely conscious, their blond heads lolling above the plastic vomit bags tied like bibs around their necks. It's an hour to midnight on Friday, and the two girls, who look no older than 18, are being wheeled from an ambulance to a clinic set up discreetly in a dark alley in London's Soho entertainment district.

They're the first of many to be picked up on this night by the ambulance, known as a "booze bus," and carried to the clinic -- both government services dedicated to keeping drunk people out of trouble, and out of emergency rooms.

Binge drinking has reached crisis levels in Britain, costing 2.7 billion pounds a year, including the cost of hospital admissions related to booze-fueled violence and longer-term health problems. 

Unlike all other major health threats, liver disease is on the rise in Britain, increasing by 25 percent in the last decade and causing a record level of deaths.

Gluttony is the Cause!

Doctors believe rising obesity is combining with heavy drinking to fuel the spike in liver disease, which is hitting more young people than ever.

Public displays of extreme drunkenness are inexplicable and shocking to many foreigners living in Britain, even those who hail from heavy drinking cultures. Yet they are common every weekend.

This type of alcohol abuse takes place across the globe. We here in America are also suffering from our youth addicted to chemical substances. We need more alcohol classes combined with counseling to help get our future back on track.

Coach Could Have Used a Florida DUI Class

It truly saddens me when a teacher makes a stupid decision and gets arrested for an alcohol-related incident. It is even worse when someone gets hurt. It is its absolute worst when someone dies. Such is the case for a teacher whose life will never be the same because of his decision to drink and drive.

In Florida, a former teacher and football coach Josh Hunter went to jail because her killed someone while driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. This was reported in the Herald Tribune. His sentence came almost two years after the incident.

Hunter was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison in 2010 but was allowed to stay free while his lawyers appealed his conviction.

It is especially sad for Huinter because the person who died in the accident was his close friend and fellow coach Doug Garrity, 27. Hunter's blood alcohol content was 0.21 percent. Hunter had been drinking for more than eight hours and consumed more than 14 drinks at a party with other coaches in Venice that day.

Hunter lost his job, his career, and a friend he considered as close as a brother. At his sentencing hearing in 2010, his psychologist said Hunter showed the most remorse he had seen in two decades of practice.

While a Florida DUI/DWI class will never completely restore Hunter’s life, it might put him in the right direction where he can lead a life of sobriety. Perhaps he can even dedicate his life to keeping others from making the same mistake. If so, he will have honored his friend.

New Jersey’s Top DUI Cop Knows Need for Alcohol Classes

If you are in New Jersey and see this man, you might be in a bad situation especially if you are behind the wheel of your car and have been drinking.

Essex County, New Jersey is committed to curbing DUI. Each year they award the officer who makes them most DUI arrests.  This year it was Officer Luca Piscatelli of the Bloomfield Police Department. 

Piscatelli made 21 DUI arrests in 2011 according to patch.com. Despite this impressive total of New Jersey DUI arrests, Piscatelli also handles accident investigations, crime scene investigations and processes all arrests. 

According to his colleagues he is an expert in field sobriety tests.

After a driver is asked to stop and get out of the car, three field sobriety tests will be administered.  They are the "Horizontal Eye Nystagmus Test", the "Walk and Turn Test" and the "1-Leg Stand" Test.

The Jerky Eye Test

Piscatelli think the nystagmus test is most reliable. Jerky, involuntary eye movements and the visual inability follow an object smoothly is a clear indication that there is a high level of alcohol in the person’s bloodstream.

He said there no way to fake this part of the test.  Serious boozers can pass other tests, but not the jerky eye test!

Here’s to Officer Piscatelli and all those law enforcement officers who try to educate the public and keep our roads safe. I am sure Piscatelli would recommend alcohol classes for everyone if it helps keep people from drinking and driving.

UFC Fighter Ross Pearson Needs an DUI Class

That drugs and alcohol are a part of professional sports is well known. There is not a sport immune to addiction, least of all Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) competitors.

Ross Pearson, one of the up-and-coming UFC fighters will not have to withdraw from his upcoming bout with Cub Swanson after his recent driving under the influence (DUI) arrest,

He was arrested in Las Vegas, the City of Sin, after failing a field sobriety test, according to yahoo sports.

Pearson was in Las Vegas as part of his teammate Dominick Cruz's coaching staff for The Ultimate Fighter: Live. Hopefully his next public appearance will be for his fight in Atlantic City, NJ next month.

The UFC has no code of conduct yet regarding situations like arrests or DUIs as there is in many other professional sports.

In the NFL, players are subject to fines and suspensions under the league's substance abuse policy, as well as their personal conduct policy where a player's behavior can be called into question if it is detrimental to the image of the league and its players.

Since this was his first offense I like that that the UFC is standing behind him and offering support to help him overcome any possible addiction issue. More alcohol classes and drug awareness class could help get Pearson back on the right side of the road and continue fulfilling his true promise.

Indiana Alcohol Class and More Needed For Parents Joy Riding With Kids

Some of the stories I hear about decisions parents make frighten me.  As a counselor for both in-class and online alcohol classes I am adamantly against parents allowing their children to drink alcohol and even supplying it.  Other parents even throw parties for their kids and their friends.

That is parenting insanity. But the following story from KSEE24.com really raises the hair on the back of my neck. 

Police in Fort Wayne, Indiana have arrested two people for drunk driving after they strapped their kids on the hood of the car with a tow strap before leaving a liquor store.  Yes, you read that correctly – they strapped their kids to the hood for the drive home from the liquor store.

The four children -- ages 4, 5, 6, and 7 -- were strapped to the hood of a moving car by Aaron Stefanski and Jessica Clark, who were both charged with DUI and neglect of a minor in the incident..

Of course the kids were happy as pigs in mud riding on the hood of the car because it sounds like fun.  Heck, the parents took the necessary safety precautions by strapping them down like a shot deer, right?

The man driving is the father to three of the children. The female passenger is the mother to one of the children.

When they were pulled over Clark quickly tried to dispose of an open container.

What the heck were they thinking? This requires much more than a simple alcohol class. They need parental counseling as well as perhaps psychological counseling to see if they are insane.