This plea to the judge's sense of... fairness? No. Maybe... what... his willful blindness? Well whatever it was, it fell as flat as the driver might have had he not been sitting in his car at the time:
He told police he drank four or five schooners of XXXX Gold between 1pm and 11.30pm, 45 minutes before he was pulled over at 12.14am on Saturday, March 29. However, Mr Hunt said another person had supplied the alcohol and Cusack did not realise he was not drinking XXXX, rather he was drinking full-strength beer. Officers said, at the time of his arrest, Cusack appeared to be moderately to well-affected by alcohol and his eyes were watery and his speech was slurred.
Poor Mr. Cusack. He was trying to do the right thing. Wasn't he? Had he only paid attention to the whole slurring thing he might have not ended up in the courtroom dock. But it does give you a hint of how inappropriate messages can give false hope. I am not a big fan of All Day IPA's presentation, for example, especially as the brewery chose to feature a vehicle prominently in the packaging while promising it "keeps your taste satisfied while keeping your senses sharp." Surely Mr. Cusack might have expected such a beer might be in the 1.2% to 2.5% range and not a mid-range beer at 4.7%.
"Oh no he wouldn't!" you say? "Not a chance with craft!" you shout? It is odd. We see reluctance to engage with the idea of drinking, driving and what might be called the more clever classes of beer. Siding almost exclusively with anti-neo-prohibition, a concept largely coined and created by the anti-neo-prohibitionist movement to describe the profit control state system model. This leads to a certain level of picking at the nit. Sometimes by those living from the brewing economy not wanting to do anything to diminish the brand. I don't buy much of it. It's a status based analysis in the end. As if the alcohol in craft beer intoxicates differently. It all places us in a position from which we can at least see affluenza just down the slippery slope.
We are not that far from the times of Kingsley Amis and his Everyday Drinking. We view those days rightly with unease. No, we have benefited from temperance having won the war just as we have benefited from mandatory seat belts. No one wants a return to the saloon with the urine trough at the foot of the bar... for the customers' convenience. So, what to make of Mr. Cusack. Is he one of "us" or one of "them"? Wasn't he just seeking out beer that would keep his senses sharp all day?