Researchers find binge boozing is bad for your brain – but isn’t that a no-brainer?

October 17, 2012

Someone’s brains have taken a beating, too…

Alf is apt never to take advice if it requires him to emulate the French.

But he is bound to say he has not observed as much binge boozing among the Frogs as among the Brits and the boorish buggers who can be found making drunken dicks of themselves in NZ’s city streets.

Accordingly he is tempted to pay more than passing heed to the story (here) about binge drinking and the mischief it does to a binge boozer’s brains.

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If you can spell neuropsychopharmacologist, you are sober enough not to have to listen to one

August 2, 2010

A fancy job description is one sure way of having the bloody news media savour and publish anything you say.

Alf accordingly expects them to regurgitate the stuff on booze preached by one David Nutt when he comes here, blissfully ignoring the caution that should be sounded by his surname.

They will give time and space to him because he is a psychiatrist and neuropsychopharmacologist.

What was that again?

Oh, yeah. He’s one of them neuropsychopharmacologists.

If the news media were doing their job and had their wits about them (whatever few wits they might be able to muster on a good day), they would break down that nomenclature and take special note of the psycho bit, as the assiduous Alf has done because he regards it as the critical part of the whole word.

Further warning bells should clang when the media buggers spot that this Nutt bloke has been fired by the British Government for shooting his mouth off.

Indeed, all the warning bells were sounded (and ignored) within the first two sentences of a report in the Press today:

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Now the bloody Poms will be queuing for booze

May 28, 2009

Alf had never planned visiting Oldham. But if someone had invited him, and offered to pay the fare – well, he might have been tempted.

But no longer.

Not since learning that, under plans drawn up by Liberal Democrat-controlled Oldham Council, all 22 pubs in the town centre will have to comply with barmy new rules requiring customers to stand in queues to get a drink.

Apparently, the 2003 Licensing Act allows British police and trading standards officers to apply for variations in a pub licence if there is concern about drink-related violence and disorder.

And so –

Drinkers in pubs are to be told to stand in a queue and banned from ordering more than two drinks at a time at the bar.
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