17th July 2008

Only In Australia

posted in Beer, Drunken Stories |

An Australian man, Michael Leary, convicted of his seventh drunk-driving charge was spending about A$1,000 ($972) a week on beer (How was he not broke?).

He was heartbroken after a break-up (FROM 5 YEARS AGO!!!) and drowning his sorrows in alcohol (Apparently in this case it did not alleviate his depression well enough – Click Here For Previous Story).

He was not jailed as the judge noted Leary had quit drinking since his latest arrest (right), but he banned Leary from buying or even holding a beer for 12 months (This seems like the ultimate punishment for a man with this addiction!).

The judge even went so far as to poke fun at Leary’s favorite beer, Melbourne Bitter, in a part of the country where drinkers can be as loyal to beer brands as they are to football teams. 

The judge was quoted saying, “(That is) poor judgment on two counts there — drinking that much and drinking Melbourne Bitter.”

Now I take a few things away from this.  One, this man has a serious drinking problem, anyone who spends what was probably his entire weekly salary if not more on beer needs help.  I’m not sure simply “banning” him from holding a beer will do the trick.  That said, the judge took this case way too lightly.  He treated it like a joke. At least thats what the sentencing sounds like to me. In the US this guy would have almost certainly been jailed, or at least sent to rehab!

(Source: Canberra Times)

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