Binge drinking 'damages brains' while Cannabis does, um, I forgot?
"the projections were frightening",
Gerard Vaughan, ALAC chief executive
Arbias (Acquired Brain Injury Service) chief executive Sonia Burton, whose Australian organisation treats people with alcohol-related brain damage - said 785,000 New Zealanders were at risk because of the sheer amount of alcohol they were drinking.
"It's critical New Zealand wakes up to an issue that will become a major crisis in the next 20 years, with health services being swamped with people with alcohol-related brain damage," she said.
Based on statistics collated by the Alcohol Advisory Council (Alac), the group estimates at least 80,000 New Zealanders could already have undiagnosed alcohol-related brain damage.
Based on 2004 estimates, it is believed alcohol costs New Zealand $1.17 billion in lost productivity each year.
Alcohol is linked to 70 per cent of all emergency hospital admissions, and up to 90 per cent of all weekend crime.
Ms Kearney said most people in residential services used multiple drugs, often had mental health related problems, poor academic history, a poor history of stable employment and difficulties with maintaining relationships. There was often ongoing contact with the criminal justice system.
But then along comes an expert in the politics of alcohol and drugs (Jandals and Footwear - doh!)
“New Zealand First opposed the lowering of the drinking age and will continue to take a hard line against the liberalisation of our alcohol and drug laws,” said Mr Paraone. "We need to educate our youth against the appeal and access of hard drugs such as ‘P’ and cannabis through co-ordinated education and police programmes."
"Oh he is sincere... sincerely stupid." say the MildGreens "Which part of what has been tried is the part that is working Mr Paraone?"