Health Ed

HEALTH ED: Punch Drunk

PUNCH DRUNK is a 4 corners episode about alcohol fueled behavior and violence. http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2013/02/25/3695353.htm We watched this in Health Ed. Stopped video to discuss below questions in think, pair, share format. The episode goes for total of 44mins but we finished questions around 14mins. You then have the option to watch it through to the end, or call it quits there, or provide students with the link to watch in their own time. After each question are a few ‘discussion notes’ in italics. Previous to this video lesson we had brainstormed/explored the SHORT TERM EFFECTS of alcohol. More teaching resources focused on alcohol available in previous post here.

  1. (6.44min) Do you think the attack would of happened if the attacker had not been drinking alcohol? Why? Link your answer to SHORT TERM effects of alcohol! 10 cans of bourbon and coke. Each can is 1.4 standard drinks which means a total of 14 standard drinks were consumed by the attacked. Typically, this is equal to a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.2 (90kg male, drinking over 3 hours). A BAC of 0.158 is linked to the following effects: loss of inhibitions, anger or sadness, boisterousness, stupor, loss of understanding, impaired sensations, memory loss. (Used BAC calculator at http://bloodalcoholcalculator.org/#LinkURL to estimate BAC for a 180lb male having consumed 10 rum and cokes in 4 hours). In this discussion I really stressed the impact alcohol had on the ‘attackers’ ability to make good decisions or judgements. Discussing how perhaps his heightened emotional state (‘aggression/anger’) lead to the attack.  I asked students if they thought zero drinks was necessary to prevent this event. I then discussed the difference between the attacker (19 year old male probably +90kg) and themselves – what they thought 14 standard drinks would do to their developing brains and bodies.
  2. (7.29min) 70% of the cases police have to deal with on the weekends are alcohol related. Why do you think this is frustrating for police? Rather be helping people in others ways.
  3. (8.49min) What does ‘fail to quit’ mean? Failure to leave premise when asked. Refusal to stop drinking or leave. Drunken and disorderly (out of control). We then discussed why people get to this point – when they are clearly drunk but feel the need to continue drinking.
  4. (10.01min) How would you describe Reg’s behaviour and attitude towards the police? Rude. Disrespectful. Stupid. Not making sense. Aggressive. We also discussed what we thought Reg was thinking about the whole situation – highlighting the differences between a sober brain and drunk brain in making sense of situations.
  5. (10.01min) Do you think it would be difficult job dealing with ‘drunk’ people like Reg? Why? Difficult to remain understanding and empathetic when people have done this to themselves. People chose to get this drunk.
  6. (10.26min) What cost does drunken behaviour present to society? Think about the cost of people and resources required to ‘help’, ‘treat’ and ‘deal with’ drunk people. Think about the cost to the ‘attacker’, ‘victim’ and ‘victims family’. Police power. Hospital beds. Doctors and nurses time and resources to treat drunk people. Attacker – jail, fine, lose job, guilt. Victim – injury, time of work due to injury, loss of income, disability. Family – anguish, watching loved one suffer, having to support loved one.
  7. (11.44min) This young man is obviously drunk yet managed to show a level of respect to the police. He took the move on notice and went home. Why don’t all cases end this way? Maybe still at a reasonable BAC level? Some people may be more violent/aggressive? No ‘friends’ egging him on? Video camera on him subdued his behaviour?
  8. (12.35min) Why do you think this man ‘assaulted’ police? Do you think the police showed unnecessary force in this instance? Too drunk to make good judgments? Angry about something that happened in venue or earlier that day?
  9. (13.22min) His mates describe him as “the purest of souls” whilst the police described him as “feral”. How would you describe him? This lead to an interesting discussion about how alcohol can lead to people doing things they would not normally do (ie. arguing or assaulting a police officer). 
  10. (14.08min) “People get so drunk they are unable to exercise proper judgment in what they were doing” What does alcohol DO to the body that leads to this POOR JUDGEMENT? Refer to the SHORT TERM EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL in your answer. Poor judgment – say or do the first thing that comes to mind without considering the consequences of their actions. Intense moods – aggression, elation, depression. Loss of inhibitions – not shy or reserved. More likely to do, say or try things wouldn’t normally. False sense of confidence – think they are stronger/better than what they are. We were then able to pull examples of this ‘poor judgement’ from the episode so far (ie. Reg not wanting to go home and getting angry at the cops, the guy outside the pub assaulting police, the attack on Sam)
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