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Pissed off again

January 12, 2014

The Herald on Sunday, which terms itself a newspaper a dubious description ,has an editorial today titled ‘ Drunk boy a disgrace to us all‘ . This is about the young boy found drunk in a Hamilton skate board park this last week. There are a number of problems with this editorial as far as Adam is concerned.  The item heading is never explored or discussed in the body of the piece, it seems to be assumed that people accept the premise. Well this person does not. The disgrace is with the people involved. Adam does not want any of the usual platitudes trotted out that society needs to step in and take action. What about the parents? One of the major problems in NZ today is that society is seen as responsible for far too bloody much, which is precisely why we have many of these issues as parents, families and individuals abrogate their responsibilities to them selves, their children, families and the wider community. But yet again some  guilt trip inducing so called journalist seeks to imply that Adam is somehow responsible for this child. Well Adam is not. Furthermore he is cross that the HoS should imply in the heading that he is.

Then there is the blame allocated to the drinks industry, well sorry, children have from time immemorial been experimenting with the contents of their parents liquor cabinets. So parents take steps to remove temptation and to inform children of the issues around alcohol. They do not blame the drinks industry.

Then just to prove that the HoS has no idea at all the writer opines:-

But sweet drinks in cans will always entice the young. It is time they were banned. Beer, wine, and spirits have a natural child barrier: children by and large do not like them. But potent cocktails are a different proposition for those who are not ready to drink.

The industry says RTDs are giving way to cider among younger adults. It should encourage that trend and phase out RTDs entirely. What better reason does it need than the images of a 9-year-old wasted at a skate park?

Well Adam has news for the HoS, cans of Cody are 5% or 7% depending on precise pack purchased. Cider on the other hand is as this from the Old Mout website indicates:

 available throughout New Zealand in 330ml bottles and 1.25L PETs (as well as 750ml in Australia) in supermarkets, liquor stores and in a selection of bars, restaurants and cafes. 4.5%-8%.

Plus these days many ciders are made to taste sweet. Cider is no panacea or harmless substitute as the HoS seems to infer. Cider is very much a drink for adults. The alcohol strength of a number of ciders is higher than that in RTDs. So HoS please check your facts, an alien concept Adam knows. In addition do not assume to imply guilt to all when it is not warranted, especially as your editorial made no case at all for attributing that guilt. Your editorial seems to infer that cider is a low alcohol alternative. It is not.

Now Adam is thinking about having a glass of one of Aspall’s Cyders, perhaps the Premier Cru which is 7% ABV. This will allow Adam to feel right pissed off whilst relaxing with a quality drink which the HoS seems to approve of!

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