Serial Tennessee DUI Offender Needs to be a Pedestrian

You want to talk about falling flat on your face. Combine falling on your face with bad luck and being extremely intoxicated. Do you think is a recipe that is going to end well?

A Tennessee man is a textbook example of a guy who needs to have his license permanently revoked according the Herald Citizen.

His name and story could have come right out of a Carl Hiaasen novel.

Marlin Glenn Wallace was arrested for his fourth DUI last week after swerving into oncoming traffic in front of an off-duty Baxter police officer. The incident occurred just before midnight.

The off-duty officer had to swerve into someone’s front yard to avoid a head-on collision. The officer then followed the vehicle into a parking lot and witnessed Wallace, step out of his truck and fall face-first.

It took two officers to haul the virtually dead-on-his-feet Wallace to the tailgate of his truck.  The officers could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from Wallace, who also had red, watery eyes and slurred and impaired speech, in addition to his inability to stand. After being checked out by EMS for a cut on his nose and forehead from his fall, Wallace was subjected to two field sobriety tests.

Not surprisingly he failed both.

Four DUIs is permanent revocation of driving privileges. He also should take a mandatory Tennessee DUI class and attend regular AA meetings.

Could an 8 Hour Alcohol Awareness Class Help Amanda Bynes?

The list of Hollywood celebrities that get in trouble for addictive behavior could go on for pages. Lindsay Lohan may be the current poster child, but Amanda Bynes is the young Hollywood starlet getting into most of the trouble these days.

The 26-year-old has had at least three run-ins with the law of late, all involving her vehicle. Most recently, according to celebuzz.com,  she was confronted by police after an alleged hit-and-run. This coming just a month following her DUI arrest after hitting a police cruiser.

The star of She’s The Man sideswiped yet another vehicle while driving around Los Angeles last week. Bynes’ black Range Rover allegedly sideswiped a pick-up truck and continued to drive off without stopping. The other driver followed Amanda’s car and quickly informed the police of the incident.

The damage was so minor that police decided not make any arrest and simply took a traffic report before sending her on her way. On a positive note, Bynes was cooperative and there was no indication she was under the influence.

The actress’s driving records have not been the best recently. On April 5th, an intoxicated Amanda was pulled over after scrapping a police cruiser in Hollywood. She was later released after posting $5,000 bail. Just days later, Bynes was seen texting and driving outside the Chateau Marmont — an illegal offense in the state of California.

She is one of the current Hollywood poster children for hard partying. I hope she gets to take a good 8 hour alcohol class and seek some professional counseling. I would hate to see Amanda life and career ruined by alcohol.

Does Matthew Fox Need an Oregon DUI Class?

Matthew Fox — the man who saved the island on “Lost” has been arrested in Oregon for driving under the influence (DUI).

The 45-year-old Fox was arrested 3:23 a.m. in Bend, Ore., where he lives with his wife and two children. Why do people try drinking and driving? Obviously Fox had to know he was intoxicated when he and a companion went on a food run in the middle of the night after serious binge drinking, right?

This is not the actor’s first run-in with the law. Last year he had an altercation with a Cleveland bus driver, who claimed the actor punched her in the breast, groin, arm and legs after she refused to let him board a private party bus. No criminal charges were ever brought against Fox, but the driver, Heather Bormann, filed a civil suit seeking monetary damages. While that case has not commenced, Fox responded with a countersuit seeking a jury trial in the case.

On “Lost” Fox played Jack Shephard the lead character. He recently finished shooting two films, “Alex Cross” (the one he was working on last year in Ohio and that co-stars Tyler Perry) and Brad Pitt’s “World War Z.” He also stars opposite Tommy Lee Jones in the film “Emperor,” which will be shown at this month’s Cannes Film Festival.

Two run-ins is a bad sign for Mr. Fox. I think he should take an alcohol class and seek counseling for problematic behavior. This is as reported in the Washington Post.

Alcohol Class Could Help You Fight Cancer

Yes, that headline is true, especially for women. You see an alcohol class can really sink in the dangerous consequences of consuming alcohol. Alcohol is a poison and does the body no good whatsoever. For women, it can be lethal.

Study according to belfasttelegraph.co.uk shows that those who enjoy wine with dinner are putting their lives at risk

They are the problem drinkers missed by government efforts to curb alcohol misuse – women, often middle-class and professional, who share a bottle of wine with a partner over dinner each night, putting their health at risk.

Unnoticed because they do not cause a social nuisance or public disorder, women who quietly drink three or more glasses of wine, or equivalent, a day increase their risk of breast cancer by up to half, research shows.

Alcohol is known to increase the risk of several cancers, in both sexes, including bowel cancer. But breast tissue is thought to be particularly sensitive to its carcinogenic effects according to a review of research by Helmut Seiz, of the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and colleagues.

Women who consume one alcoholic drink a day have an increased risk of breast cancer of 4 per cent, in line with previous findings, based on an analysis of 113 studies involving 77,000 light drinkers. Among heavy drinkers, defined as three or more drinks a day, the risk is increased to 40 to 50 per cent. Overall, alcohol drinking accounts for one in 20 cases of cancer in northern Europe and one in 10 in countries such as Italy and France, where drinking is more widespread among women.

Breast cancer has soared in recent decades with new cases doubling since the early 1970s, partly driven by the rise in alcohol consumption. It is now the commonest cancer, with almost 49,000 cases and 12,000 deaths a year, despite affecting only one sex.

However, it is less common than heart disease and strokes, which together kill 200,000 people a year – and alcohol is known to protect against these diseases. In women, as little as one drink a week cuts the risk of heart attack and stroke by 36 per cent according to a 2007 European study.

The upshot is that light drinking is overall protective – but heavier drinking is associated with rapidly increasing risks. Experts say weighing up these risks is a matter of personal choice. Although heart disease is more common, cancer is more feared. Women with a family history of heart disease may feel differently from those with a history of cancer.

Three times more alcohol is now consumed per head as in the 1950s and it is estimated to cause 30,000 to 40,000 deaths a year. In addition to bowel cancer and breast cancer, there is also evidence that alcohol increases the risk of cancers of the liver, oesophagus, mouth, pharynx and larynx. In total, scientists estimate alcohol causes 20,000 cases of cancer a year.

The authors of the latest study, published in Alcohol and Alcoholism, suggest the effect of alcohol on the breast may be hormonal by raising levels of oestrogen. But they show no acknowledgment of the fact that many people enjoy a drink which plays an important part in their social lives.

One glass

Increases risk of breast cancer by 4 to 5 per cent.

Two glasses

Increase the risk by 25 to 35 per cent.

Three glasses

Increase the risk by 40 to 50 per cent. 

Man From India Needs Way More Than Alcohol Class

While an alcohol class might be a start, the man from India who murdered his wife over being refused alcohol needs serious help. It all started out as a pleasant family vacation. However, when a severe alcoholic was denied his “needed” beverage, he exploded in rage and ruining his life and the life of his family.

Virender Singh was arrested for murdering his wife according to www.hindustantimes.com. The witness – his wife – who did not die initially and revealed her murderer on her dying hospital bed.

The details are gruesome. Darshani Devi was burnt alive by her husband at their rented accommodation following an argument

The 38-year-old woman was burned to death by her alcoholic husband when she refused to give him money for alcohol. It is even sadder that they had three children; the eldest among who is her 16-year-old son, who also bore witness to the incident.

Just how far will someone go to get alcohol? Just how much damage can alcohol do to the brain? I would like to think at one point this was an intelligent and charming man.

Take note folks of how far you can fall. If you or someone you care about has a drinking problem, please seek help immediately. If you prefer to maintain anonymity there are online alcohol classes too.

11 DUIs Means You Need More Than an Online DUI School

In an ongoing blog series about serial driving under the influence (DUI) offender, here is another case of a person who needs to become a permanent pedestrian.

James Vernon Smith Jr. says he's not your typical drunk. According to TBO.com, the 48-year-old former underwater welder who lives in Louisiana has been convicted of DUI for the 10th time. Ten DUIs – are you kidding me? Is this guy ever sober?

How much mercy should the court have for a man begging for it in behalf of his two young daughters? Perhaps 10 years behind bars is the mercy he needs. Perhaps in jail he can get sober.

More prisons are offering alcohol classes and offering counseling and support for their inmates suffering from addiction issues.

Smith said he was ashamed and sorry for his actions, and he cried and paused often while reading a handwritten letter in court.

He was arrested in August 2011 and charged with his 10th DUI. Oh yeah, was also driving on a permanently revoked driver's license.

How sorry is he? After getting bail on his 10th DUI he was arrested for his 11th a few weeks later!

On a positive note, if there is one, only two of his arrests involved wrecks, and they were minor. No one has ever been hurt.

Smith's received his first DUI more than 30 years ago and had his license permanently revoked in 1984.

Another sad case where addiction to alcohol becomes a person’s primary motivator. Smith’s priorities were not his family and two young daughters, it was booze. Hopefully he will get sober in prison and stay that way once he gets out.

Racing Legend Al Unser, Jr. Needs an Alcohol Awareness Class

One of the greatest racers of all time, Al Unser, Jr. has been arrested for two driving under the influence (DUI) violations. One is a sign of a possible problem. Two DUIs means there is definitely a problem with alcohol.

The 49-year-old was flying through the desolate New Mexico highways when he was arrested for his second DUI in five years. According to the LA Times, the judge may have gone too lightly on the legendary racer. How will help him get his life back on track (pun intended)?

Adding fuel to the charges is the fact that in addition to being drunk, Unser was also drag racing at the time he was caught.

He was sentenced to three months behind bars, but a judge reduced the penalty to a year of supervised probation.

What was the racer driving? If you guessed a white 2011 Chevrolet Suburban you would be correct. The drunken Unser was racing another car about 3 a.m., both vehicles exceeding speeds of 100 MPH.

In 2007, Unser pleaded no contest to DUI charges following a crash on a New Mexico freeway. In that incident, his blood-alcohol content was three times the legal limit and he failed field sobriety tests.

In the most recent DUI incident, Unser and an unidentified driver in a black sedan were traveling so fast as they weaved across lanes that other cars were forced to slam on their brakes.

Police stopped Unser while the other car got away. Unser smelled of alcohol, his speech was slurred and his blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit of 0.08.

How does he not get jail time for this?

At his peak, Unser won at Indianapolis in 1992 and 1994. His father, Al Unser Sr., won back-to-back wins at the Indianapolis 500 in 1970 and 1971. He also took the checkered flag at Indy in 1978 and 1987. Unser’s uncle Bobby won at Indianapolis in 1968, 1975 and 1981.

It is obvious to me that Unser has a serious drinking problem. The latest charges involve such dangerous driving that he should be put on a final warning that any further DUI or other reckless driving behavior will result in a permanent revocation of his driving privileges. He certainly needs a California DUI class.

Middle Class Kids Need Minor in Possession Class

As a child who grew up in a middle class home I can tell you alcohol was prevalent in both the home and among my experimenting friends. I was 12 when I got drunk for the first time.

According to a recent study reported in www.telegraph.co.uk, more middle class children are experiencing alcohol at earlier ages. I would hope they would be forced to take an 8 hour MIP class as soon as possible. They must understand the invisible damage they are doing to their brain and body.

The study revealed that middle-class children are far more likely to have drunk alcohol by the age of 12 than those from lower social groups.

Is it alarming to you that more than one in three of those born in professional households had downed a full glass before reaching their teenage years? The 35 per cent figure among the middle classes is almost twice the level found among 12-year-olds across all economic groups.

Many of these young experimenters secretly raided well-stocked liquor cabinets, while many more were being allowed to drink by parents who believed that it would help them to develop more mature attitudes towards alcohol.

The fact is, the younger children begin to drink the greater the likelihood they will develop a lifelong drinking problem.

Parents should not encourage youth to drink alcohol, nor should they condone it in any manner. Alcohol is a toxin. What parent in their right mind would supply their child with poison. Perhaps parents also need to take a 24 hour alcohol awareness class!

Miss USA Needs Michigan DUI Class

In a perfect sign that beautiful people suffer from the same addictions and afflictions we all do came the story last year of the most beautiful woman on the planet being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.

Of course I am talking about the ravishing Rima Fakih, the first Arab-American Miss USA.

The 26-year-old Rima was Miss USA 2010 and according to christianpost.com, was arrested in Michigan under suspicion of drunk driving. It is nice to see someone admitting their guilt as Rima’s plea admits that she was driving while visibly impaired.

She was convicted of driving while visibly impaired, a much lesser offense than the other charges Fakih faced in her DUI trial. The beauty queen avoided charges of drunken driving, careless driving, and having an open container of alcohol.

In Fakih had been convicted of misdemeanor drunk driving, she could have served up to 93 days in jail.

At the time of her arrest, Fakih was traveling 30 miles over the speed limit when police officers found an opened and half-emptied bottle of champagne in the car.

She was totally hammered when pulled over with a breathalyzer test showing her blood-alcohol content at 0.19, more than twice the legal limit.

Hopefully Rima will take an Michigan DUI class and seek counseling for a possible problem with alcohol. I would advise her to steer clear of alcoholic beverages in the future.

Could An 8 Hour Alcohol Class Save Whitney Houston Ex Bobby Brown?

Was Bobby Brown the bad influence on Whitney Houston or was it the other way around? There is no doubt the two fed off of each other’s addiction issues. While Houston has lost her battle with addiction, as long as he is still breathing, there is still hope for Brown. The fact is, however, Brown seems to be spiraling downward.

Brown’s most recent debacle was pleading not guilty to drunken driving according to the NY Daily News. Despite his not guilty plea (he most certainly was under the influence of booze at the time as you will see) he was slapped with a full ban on booze due to his bad boy "profile" and "stress" in his life.

Brown did not even appear in person, and his lawyer who had originally accepted the alcohol ban, returned an hour later to contest it. Even she seems messed up.

The "My Prerogative" singer was arrested March 26 after originally being pulled over for talking on his cell phone. Police smelled booze and Brown failed a field sobriety test.

His blood-alcohol content was 0.12.

The 43-year-old (5 years Houston’s junior) is facing three misdemeanors -- including driving with a suspended license. 

Brown’s license continues to be suspended and he faces up to a year in jail. His “handlers” claim the singer had liquor in his system from drinking he did before he woke up the morning of his arrest.

The source said his handlers urged him to attend an AA meeting immediately to help his case.

Brown, who's due to marry the mother of his youngest child in the coming weeks, was busted for drunk driving in 1996 and sentenced to five days behind bars after crashing Houston's Porsche with a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit.

In 2000 he also spent time behind bars when he failed a drug test showing cocaine in his system.

For his daughter’s sake, I hope he can right the ship before it’s too late. I hope he takes an 8 hour alcohol class and seeks counseling. Attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings might also help him stay sober for his daughter.