Vivat least vaguest.
Join Date: May 2016
Drunkenness as an Excuse
This really gets my goat.
I've noticed it being used twice recently in legal proceedings locally, once as an adjunct to assertion the defendant knew not the seriousness of what they were doing, and once to explain why the defendant claimed to have no recollection of multiple separate crimes (on the basis that each time they committed said crime they were blind drunk and therefore blameless). I've seen it used in social media as an excuse for harassment, trolling and bullying.
Not impressed, and I don't believe the people who utter this as a defence or an attempt at mitigation.
It's not really my concern if someone sits on their couch and gets blotto, even if they get on the internet or the blower or text and have a crack, provided there is promptly evident frankness and contrition for any transgressions (as opposed to whining, self-preserving attempts to evade responsibility when finally pinned down for socially offensive behaviour). All better than drinking and driving or drinking and physically fighting...
Really, how hard is responsibility?