Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Monday, November 05, 2007

Binge drinking 'damages brains' while Cannabis does, um, I forgot?

Binge drinking 'damages brains', so how does one isolate or protect against [any] cannabis harm against this background? say the MildGreens.

"the projections were frightening",
Gerard Vaughan, ALAC chief executive

snip snip snip... (audio)

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.

Also media from the same Auckland Addiction conference... Concerns over low addiction treatment funding

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.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that the ogre of reefer madness has been masking the alcohol reality. But lets stop pretending we didn't know this all along. Its not intuitive. Most of us know someone for whom alcohol goes hand in hand with a matrix of dysfunctional behaviours.

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?"


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