(ed: disclaimer: i don’t use it anymore – and haven’t done for a very long time – but i do know that had i binged on alcohol as much as i did on cocaine – i would be a semi-resident in one of these (sad) sports-bars – rheumy-eyed – and with a brain hammered into uselessness/submission by/thru that alcohol use..
but after i stopped using heroic amounts of cocaine – i went to university and got a masters’-degree..(whereas had i been on the booze..?..i don’t think so..eh..?)
and withdrawals from cocaine are/were a relative breeze – i just decided i had tired/had enough of the lifestyle/long-hours – and stopped..
i used cannabis to ease me through what ‘withdrawals’ there were…over a few days/nights..and that was that..
..whereas back at the booze again – withdrawals from long periods of excessive alcohol use can kill the user/and at the very least are an horrific nightmare..
so at the very least i have been mildly bemused by the handwringing/hand-flapping/moral-panic currently going on over some league players doing a few lines of cocaine..
and a heads-up for the likes of graeme lowe banging on how it wasn’t like this back in their days – and assorted other twaddle..
um..!..it was like that back in lowes’ time – my social circles at the time contained some well-known league players of the day – and they were all very fond of their cocaine/cannabis/hashish – and they told me that these drugs were widely used by their team-mates..this was all just matter-of-fact..
but there was no drug-testing back then..eh..?
so lowe clearly just didn’t know – what was going on all around him..
..and what he is currently spouting/getting his knickers in a knot about – ‘it was different back in my day – i don’t mind the boys going out for a beer!’ – is just complete and utter bullshit..on multiple levels..
and the facts of the matter are that cocaine is a far less dangerous intoxicant than alcohol..
but the booze-pushers sponser football..eh..?..that’s the difference..eh..?
and funny story..!..most of those standing around doing the pontificating are doing so with a beer/’a cold one’ in their hand..
and/so as with most aspects of societys’ attitudes towards/strictures against/about drugs..
they also have this one totally upside-down/the wrong way around..
and no – i don’t use alcohol either..these days i don’t use anything..
and can only wholeheartedly agree with fitzsimons’ take on the issue..
alcohol is the drug/intoxicant that does/causes the most harm..
and those booze-consuming moral-panic-ers just need to get their heads out of their arses..eh..?)
Cocaine is one thing – but the NRL should stop alcohol sponsorship – writes Peter FitzSimons.
But there is one thing I don’t get.
In terms of demonstrable damage done to NRL people – executives – officials – players – fans – does cocaine even BEGIN to compare to the damage done by that other well-known drug called alcohol?
I mean do we or do we not – every freaking week in the NRL see alcohol-fuelled atrocities that include: domestic violence – sexual assault – violent assault- dog-molesting – car accidents – verbal abuse – marital and familial breakdown – being photographed drinking your own urine,and so on and so forth – on and on into the ever etcetera.
And cocaine-fuelled atrocities?
Well, there was that time that … actually no – that was alcohol.
Ah, but what about the time that … no, sorry – that was alcohol – too.
Ah but who can forget when … no you’re right – that was alcohol, too.
And yes of course it is not to say there aren’t plenty of atrocities with cocaine at their base.
But I ask you this as a serious question.
If you were running the NRL’s famed Atrocities Generator somewhere in the industrial zone out Botany way and you had the choice of throwing cocaine or alcohol into the fuel tank to get it up to maximum power – which one would you dinkum throw in, alcohol or cocaine – and …?
And so let us pause for a moment so the commentators can trot out their obvious line: ‘But alcohol is legal – you d…head!’
You hold the front page and I’ll put the coffee on.
I think we’re going to pull an all-nighter.
Of course alcohol is legal while cocaine isn’t – but so what?