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Australian man spent 487 pounds a week on beer
Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/15/08 | Reuters

Posted on 07/15/2008 4:21:36 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian man convicted of his seventh drink-driving charge was spending about A$1,000 (487 pounds) a week on beer -- enough to buy more than 2,500 small bottles a month, a newspaper said on Tuesday.

The heartbroken construction worker began drowning his sorrows after breaking up with his partner five years ago, the Northern Territory News said, quoting his defence lawyer as telling a court in Australia's remote, tropical north.

The magistrate declined to jail the father of four, Michael Leary, noting he had quit drinking since his latest arrest, but he banned Leary from buying or even holding a beer for 12 months.

The magistrate also poked fun at Leary's favourite beer, Melbourne Bitter, in a part of the country where drinkers can be as loyal to beer brands as they are to football teams.

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TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: australian; beer
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A pint of lager is seen at a pub in central London, November 23, 2005. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez


1 posted on 07/15/2008 4:21:36 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

I don’t see a problem here.


2 posted on 07/15/2008 4:23:38 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

I’m not a bitter guy, it must be really good. damn.


3 posted on 07/15/2008 4:25:38 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE toll-free tip hotline 1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge
enough to buy more than 2,500 small bottles a month

Hey, he kept it under 100 beers a day. I don't see a problem.

There was never enough time for him to say "Hold mah beeer"

4 posted on 07/15/2008 4:30:25 PM PDT by dfwddr ( Duncan Hunter .)
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To: NormsRevenge
...enough to buy more than 2,500 small bottles a month, a newspaper said on Tuesday.

83 "small" bottles a day. Five bottles an hour, 16 hours a day.

He wasn't trying to drown his sorrows, he was trying to pickle 'em.

5 posted on 07/15/2008 4:32:56 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: GOP_Raider; EveningStar

100 beers a day ping


6 posted on 07/15/2008 4:33:45 PM PDT by dfwddr ( Duncan Hunter .)
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To: NormsRevenge

He’ll probably weigh 487 pounds when all is said and done.


7 posted on 07/15/2008 4:33:51 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Amateur......
8 posted on 07/15/2008 4:35:48 PM PDT by cmsgop (How come they never made "6 Pack" II)
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To: dfwddr

They never said he was drinking 2500 bottles a month. Just that he was spending that much money. He could’ve been buying expensive beer. If he was, maybe that only amounted to 30 or so beers a day.

I’ve heard stories about how high the taxes are on beer in canada. Maybe it’s the same in australia.


9 posted on 07/15/2008 4:36:46 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: NormsRevenge

All I can say is, 24 bottles in a case, 24 hours in a day. Coincidence? I think not.


10 posted on 07/15/2008 4:38:30 PM PDT by mc5cents (Show me just what Mohammd brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman)
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11 posted on 07/15/2008 4:39:08 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE toll-free tip hotline 1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!!!)
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Lager Powered poster


12 posted on 07/15/2008 4:39:59 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE toll-free tip hotline 1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!!!)
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To: glock rocks; tubebender

Bitter Beer Ping


13 posted on 07/15/2008 4:40:43 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE toll-free tip hotline 1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Some math. Assume a ‘small beer’ is the 7 ounce pony pack size. Also assume the beer is 3.2 % alcohol. Then

2500 ‘small beers’/month =
83 ‘small beers’/day =
581 ounces/day =
18.6 ounces of alcohol/day every day

WOW!


14 posted on 07/15/2008 4:42:46 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: NormsRevenge
The heartbroken construction worker began drowning his sorrows after breaking up with his partner five years ago

Baloney. He drank that much beer because he likes to get totally ripped. Drowning sorrow is a false excuse made up by drunks that too many people are willing to buy.

15 posted on 07/15/2008 4:44:57 PM PDT by Reeses (Leftism is powered by the evil force of envy.)
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To: NormsRevenge
According to Wiki, an Australian "small bottle" is defined as 5 oz...but still that's 500 oz. of beer per day, give or take.

So, he was drinking approximately a bit less than two cases of 12 oz beers per day.

Can people acutally do that?

16 posted on 07/15/2008 4:45:06 PM PDT by Recovering Hermit ("A liberal feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.")
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To: mamelukesabre
I think they would have taken the taxes into consideration. Also, the judge was familiar enough with the Bitter to even admonish the guy. That would lead me to believe it was a less expensive brew.

Maybe some of our Aussie FRiends can educate us on this.

17 posted on 07/15/2008 4:45:29 PM PDT by dfwddr ( Duncan Hunter .)
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To: rzeznikj at stout; GOP_Raider; Rodney King; Tainan; Chasaway; SquirrelKing; dynachrome; ...
(A week? Lightweight!)

Beer Ping!

A low to medium ping list aimed at all of us who, well, love our beer…

FReepmail rzeznikj at stout or GOP_Raider to be added or struck from the list…

18 posted on 07/15/2008 4:47:42 PM PDT by GOP_Raider (Sarah Palin can be my running mate anytime.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Good Lord!

The man’s kidneys and liver are inhuman!


19 posted on 07/15/2008 4:47:54 PM PDT by HankArcher ("When freedom expands to mean freedom of instinct and social destruction, then freedom is dead")
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To: 17th Miss Regt

If the picture in your post is correct (375 mL = 12 oz), he is downing 31.9 ounces/day (at 3.2%). If the content is, say 5%, he is downing 49.8 ounces per day. Again, WOW!


20 posted on 07/15/2008 4:48:08 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: 17th Miss Regt

Ever bought a Fosters “Oil Can” ?

I’m wondering if that’s their idea of a “small beer”


21 posted on 07/15/2008 4:49:41 PM PDT by dfwddr ( Duncan Hunter .)
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To: GOP_Raider; NormsRevenge

This guy ain’t human!

Bigfoot? ET? Godzilla?


22 posted on 07/15/2008 4:50:51 PM PDT by dynachrome (Henry Bowman is right)
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To: NormsRevenge
"The heartbroken construction worker began drowning his sorrows after breaking up with his partner five years ago"

gets mighty lonely in the outback...

23 posted on 07/15/2008 4:51:09 PM PDT by xDGx
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To: xDGx

ROFLMAO !!!!!!!

I was wondering if his “partner” was two legged or four, but didn’t want to bring that up on a beer thread.


24 posted on 07/15/2008 4:53:15 PM PDT by dfwddr ( Duncan Hunter .)
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To: 17th Miss Regt
Melbourne Bitter runs 4.6%.

Holy guacamole... (hic!)

25 posted on 07/15/2008 4:53:41 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: NormsRevenge

That’s one thirsty boy there...........


26 posted on 07/15/2008 4:55:43 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: NormsRevenge; glock rocks

You ping me to a thread once in a blue moon and then it is about some poor Bloke supporting the beer industry in his beloved country?


27 posted on 07/15/2008 4:55:57 PM PDT by tubebender (Why does a round pizza come in a square box?)
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To: NormsRevenge

There are better ways to commit suicide.


28 posted on 07/15/2008 5:01:48 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: NormsRevenge

If I thought I had to vote for either one of these two treacherous clowns running for POTUS, I might be so distraught as to attempt to drink 2500 beers a month. Since I have decided to vote, but check neither the box for the anti-war Democrat or the pro-war Democrat, I have been able to keep my alcohol consumption in check.


29 posted on 07/15/2008 5:08:51 PM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: NormsRevenge

30 posted on 07/15/2008 5:15:30 PM PDT by Bobalu (What do I know, I'm a Typical White Guy)
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To: dfwddr

A small beer in AU is 4-5 ounces; surely this guy wasn’t drinking three gallons every day.


31 posted on 07/15/2008 5:16:51 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Recovering Hermit

Sure they can. If they are young and healthy and fairly large they can drink ALOT.

BTW, your math is a bit off. 2500 bottles a month is only 83 bottles a day. At 5oz per, that’s 415 oz per day. Or 34.5 bottles of american 12 ouncers per day.

When I was in my early twenties, I could’ve done that in a day easy if I didn’t have to work. Well, maybe not easy, but I could’ve done it...and for more than one day in a row.

I remember back in my youth, when I went to a bar to get plowed, I would drink 72 oz per hour for four hours continuously.


32 posted on 07/15/2008 5:19:17 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Old Professer

I don’t know. We’ve had estimates of a “small beer” from 4 to 26 ounces. Three gallons may only bring him until noon.

And please don’t call me Shirley.

LOL


33 posted on 07/15/2008 5:23:42 PM PDT by dfwddr ( Duncan Hunter .)
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To: LibWhacker

Oh, yeah? Can you name one?


34 posted on 07/15/2008 5:36:47 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: LibWhacker
There are better ways to commit suicide.

I don't know.....

/johnny

35 posted on 07/15/2008 5:39:28 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: Billthedrill

My god, during a really bad week I might put away three cases. This guy does that in less than a day. I got nothin’ on this guy in the race to epic liver failure.


36 posted on 07/15/2008 6:00:12 PM PDT by lesser_satan (Cthulu '08! Why vote for the lesser evil?)
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To: Recovering Hermit

“Can people actually do that?”

With years and years of practice they can. ;)


37 posted on 07/15/2008 6:06:20 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Emmett McCarthy; JRandomFreeper

LOL... Ain’t no fun dying without a liver, kidneys and heart. You don’t die drunk and happy; you die sober and in agony. I think I’d rather go almost any other way!


38 posted on 07/15/2008 6:24:32 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker
Just hand your beer to someone on a Friday night and say the magic words "Hey, ya'll! Watch THIS!"

Beats a bed in a hospital.

/johnny

39 posted on 07/15/2008 6:32:16 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: NormsRevenge

The guy needed a keggerator real bad.


40 posted on 07/15/2008 6:33:26 PM PDT by Kevmo (A person's a person, no matter how small. ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: JRandomFreeper

LOL


41 posted on 07/15/2008 6:34:51 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Billthedrill

Maybe for every beer he actually drank, he spilt one and gave another away?


42 posted on 07/15/2008 6:53:22 PM PDT by Levante
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To: mc5cents
When I was in the Marines, my roommate and I actually bet each other that we couldn't drink one beer per hour for the entire weekend. It's harder than you think, even for hard-drinking Marines. We stacked a few cases of beer in our room and started 6PM Friday night. We cracked open a new beer every hour on the hour. During the night, we'd set our alarm to go off every hour and we'd guzzle a brew and go back to sleep.

By 2AM Sunday morning, we both had had enough and we made a mutual agreement to stop and call it a tie. It was like a month before I could touch another beer again.

43 posted on 07/15/2008 7:10:07 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 20 days away from outliving Vicki Sue Robinson)
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...By 2AM Sunday morning, we both had had enough and we made a mutual agreement to stop and call it a tie...

Sounds a bit like a couple of camping trips I took back in my younger years. Well, we did stop to sleep, but I distinctly remember having beer with my breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Good times, from what I remember.

Thanks, Marine!

44 posted on 07/15/2008 7:13:54 PM PDT by meyer (Government is the problem, not the solution.)
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...some poor Bloke supporting the beer industry in his beloved country...

Singlehandedly supporting the beer industry. That's significant!

45 posted on 07/15/2008 7:15:25 PM PDT by meyer (Government is the problem, not the solution.)
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To: mamelukesabre

No, you don’t remember it. Someone may have told you you did it but you damn sure don’t remember.I think you were face down in the floor.
Believe me I know. After the Navy I was a case or a fifth a day many for a few years. I only remember the beginnings of the days. Not what happended during the days or how they ended.


46 posted on 07/15/2008 7:35:32 PM PDT by em2vn
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To: meyer

Back in about 1961 or 62, I was stationed at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. In my squadron, we could check out our liberty cards at 1200 and had to have them back at the CQ’s desk by 2100. My buddy and I decided to “shoot for qualification” one day. We checked out our passes and broke for the main gate. Ed, maybe 22 years old and of average height/weight. I was 19, “husky.” By the time we were able to catch a jeepney back to “Checkpoint Charlie” (as the main gate was known then), Ed had consumed 27 bottles of San Miguel, and I had downed 24. It was a while before either of us could touch another beer.


47 posted on 07/15/2008 7:39:04 PM PDT by Ax (Detroitus: What's left over of a once-great city after the libdems have ruined it.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Saw a sign outside a bar: “The liver is evil & must be destroyed!”

Obviously an ad for Happy Hour. Wonder if this guy had been there.


48 posted on 07/15/2008 7:50:17 PM PDT by MoochPooch (I'm a compassionate cynic.)
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To: em2vn

Usually my legs didn’t give out until I was home. It was a delayed reaction.


49 posted on 07/15/2008 8:12:59 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: meyer

I once (or did I do this twice?) spend a week on an island in lake erie where they had a winery. I remember drinking until 2 or 3 every night, then getting up early, 9ish) and start drinking again...for about 5 days in a row. The crazy and scary thing about that vacation was that by the third day, it actually felt normal.


50 posted on 07/15/2008 8:22:16 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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