@Janet Your comment about “babies born with brain damage through cheap …

Comment on Is NT turning back the clock with its plans for compulsory rehab? by Hal Duell.

@Janet
Your comment about “babies born with brain damage through cheap grog” shows an unfortunate lack of empathy for those with a more personal experience of foetal alcohol damage than your comment leads me to think you have had.
I always look forward to your comments, but you might want to tread a bit more warily here. This issue is not as easily dismissed as you might think. And while free will is all well and good, it’s worth remembering that those damaged by alcohol while still in the womb are often born with a restricted ability to exercise any significant degree of free will at all.

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@Janet
Unless I am mistaken, children born with heroin and cocaine addictions can overcome their addictions and go on to lead productive lives. Their main baggage seems to be a psychological propensity to addiction, a manageable mind-set.
Foetal alcohol damage, on the other hand, is forever. It’s not surprising that this is not widely known, the strength of the grog lobby being what it is.
I note that in your last post you use the terms insulting and disrespectful. I assure I am trying not to be either, provocation notwithstanding.


Is NT turning back the clock with its plans for compulsory rehab?
The following is a very informative article anyone interested in this debate will benefit from reading.
http://www.smh.com.au/national/damming-the-rivers-of-grog-20121119-29m5r.html
The foetal alcohol damage to so many NT children will play itself out not just in another lost generation on imploded remote communities, but in a drain on our public health system and, most importantly in my opinion, in a drain on our public education system in both remote and urban communities.
Teachers in public schools teach to the lowest common denominator, and while streaming helps, we ignore to our own peril the negative impact on our public schools.
This is not theoretical. This is happening today, and because of the damage already inflicted, will continue tomorrow.
Because of our tolerance for strong, cheap grog, we are breeding brain damaged youth incapable of being educated to a standard that will allow them to take up an autonomous position in our shared society. Just how short-sighted and ordinary is that?
This is nose-on-your-face stuff.


Is NT turning back the clock with its plans for compulsory rehab?
“Discreet” drunks? Maybe up on High Street, but down on Mean Street? Get real!


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