What an entitled, reckless, bloody idiot.
That’s pretty much what went through my head when I read about the drink driving accident allegedly caused by Jodhi Meares on Saturday night.
It takes sheer arrogance or perhaps, more simply, a complete and utter disregard for authority to drive when your driver’s license has already been suspended.
Yet it takes an astonishing level of stupidity to get behind the wheel of a car (a 4WD, no less) when you are allegedly three times over the legal limit.
Meares’ blood alcohol concentration allegedly clocked in at .181 last Saturday night when she hopped into her Range Rover and decided to drive herself through the streets of Bellevue Hill at 9.30pm. As we all now know, she is accused of crashing into three parked cars and rolled her own. It’s not surprising really.
According to DrinkWise, a Blood Alcohol Concentration of 0.08-0.12 means you are 10 times more likely to have an accident.
But let’s drill down a bit more. DO you know what 0.181 looks like?
Substance addiction website In The Know describes the physical affects of a blood alcohol concentration of 0.18-0.25:
So if she did it, what the hell was Jodhi Meares thinking?
Drinkers are disoriented, confused, dizzy, and have exaggerated emotional states. Vision is disturbed, as is perception of colour, form, motion, and dimensions.
Drinkers have increased pain threshold and lack of muscular coordination. Drinkers stagger or lose the ability to walk and have slurred speech. Apathy and lethargy are typical.
The obvious answer is, she wasn’t. And I don’t mean that flippantly.
I don’t know Jodhi Meares and I’m sure (should she read this column), I never will. But here’s what I do know.
The last thing Jodhi Meares would have wanted to do was put the lives of other people at risk.
I don’t have to know her to know that about her.
Why did she allegedly do what she did? Because she was – allegedly – drunk.
Why didn’t she call a cab? Because she was – allegedly – DRUNK.
That’s what alcohol does to you. It affects your brain’s ability to function: to think clearly and rationally and logically.
I have no doubt today Jodhi Meares is HORRIFIED at what she is accused of doing.
Because Jodhi Meares is not the devil.
What she is, is a typical Australian.
You see there’s a bigger picture here that I think we all need to look at.
We are a nation of boozehounds. We are a country in the throes of a violent abusive love affair with grog.