Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Lest we forget

Not content with just sitting at the bar drinking and reminiscing, the RSA joins the War on Drugs™.

They've given 1,000 copies of the book The Great Brain Robbery - What Everyone Should Know About Teenagers and Drugs to courts around New Zealand, with the intention of helping young people going through the court system to say no to drugs.

Don't they know that alcohol is number one on the Danger List?! International statistics indicate that eight percent of those who drink alcohol will develop problems with it, and that each one of those victims will affect at least six other people. Alcohol travels directly to the liver where much of it is broken down into acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde is a poison! Chronic effects include addiction, cirrhosis of the liver, memory impairment, reasoning impairment, Korsakoff's syndrome and foetal alcohol syndrome.

So Tom Scott & Trevor Grice tell us in The Great Brain Robbery. It looks very much like it's a case of do as we say, not as we do. I always thought the RSA was synonymous with drinking.

RSA National President John Campbell hopes the content of the book will help young New Zealanders reach their full potential - "something they fought for in the war" - and here's me, thinking it was all about upholding freedom, democracy and Western values.

And to think that I fought for these people's right to continue to enjoy a cigarette with their beer. Where's the gratitude?


At 1:44 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Umm Yeah, but this isn't really new. It goes like this. The state says war is glory, the state says drugs are bad, if you agree that not all drugs are bad,(particularly when used in moderation and with education) then you kind of have to admit that war is ridiculous/obscene and that all your mates died for nothing more than the perception of national transgressions (perpetuated by the state) that in most cases had nothing to do with the country we live in.
leave the oldies to their predelictions nobody takes it seriously.

At 10:08 am, Blogger Genius said...

Don’t worry if the drug war gets won the prohibitionists WILL move onto alcohol and put the final axe in the coffin of cigarettes.
This is a little like how wife abusers in prison are a little hypocritical when they say they don’t like child rapists/murderers. I'm happy they just have half a conscious rather than demanding they join forces in order to be consistent.


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