Binge drinking, what does it really mean? Only a few years ago it was a serious bender of 2 days plus of heavy drinking. Now it seems that getting drunk is binge drinking. Another term hijacked by the media, religious groups and the government to shock us.
In The Age, a report by Lisa Martin titled What is binge drinking? gives this description:
Binge drinking is the dangerous practice of consuming high levels of alcohol, often to "get drunk".
WTF? Drinking to get drunk is now binge drinking? That makes nearly everyone in Australia a binge drinker. I now agree with Kevin Rudd that Australia's binge drinking culture has reached "epidemic proportions". Except what he is really saying is that if a scary term like 'Binge Drinking' is thrown around enough, it becomes an epidemic. The reports quoting the number of binge drinkers is probably double what they estimate. Drinking to get drunk was the norm when I ever went out and rarely did I notice many exceptions. I don't really drink anymore but the same still goes for those I know or any younger people I meet, you drink to get drunk if you are going out. Mind you this excludes the activities where drinking would hinder your night out like going to the cinema or similar.
What The Age says:
...Changing this perception will be a Herculean task on its own - but change it must, even if punitive measures are necessary. The demon that is binge drinking has raged unchecked for too long. This is the chance for the Rudd Government to tackle it firmly and thoroughly.
The fact is that people want to alter their state of mind and will abuse some drug to do it. Be it drinking alcohol, smoking dope, snorting lines of speed/cocaine, popping an ecstasy tablet, spinning around in circles, huffing on glue, shooting up heroin, licking toads, eating magic mushrooms, sniffing amyl nitrate or taking rectal morphine. It has always happened since the dawn of humanity and always will. Drinking alcohol is Australia's main form of altering the state of one's mind and has been part of our society since we landed in Botany Bay. Drinking habits change from one generation to the next but unlike smoking, drinking has too many pleasurable effects that most will never give up.
...but change it must, even if punitive measures are necessary.
Here we go. The moralists screaming for penalties to those who partake in the demon drink. Alcohol abuse is a problem but a rational approach is needed and no amount of ranting or force will make a significant effect on drinking too much. Remember alcohol prohibition?
Charlie! Charlie! He's our man
This is just too good to let go by without a mention.
Jason Itzler, 41, self-styled King of All Pimps, has claimed he sent Dupre, under the name Victoria, and another girl, Cheryl to actor, Charlie Sheen for the purposes of paid sex, report Daily Record.
He said the girls dressed up as cheerleaders for a threesome with the actor, costing him up to $20,000 a session.
"Sheen got the girls to dress up as cheerleaders and chant his name while performing sex acts.
"They loved Charlie. They said he was a great guy. A great lover.
"One time he had them dressed up like cheerleaders, chanting:
'Charlie! Charlie! He's our man. If he can't do it, nobody can!'"