Beer Pong must be banned

August 1st, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

The ODT reports:

The Green Party is under fire for supporting binge drinking after challenging Dunedin supporters to beat MP Gareth Hughes at a game of ”beer pong”.

However, Mr Hughes said the challenge was an attempt at humour by a Dunedin Green Party member and there was never any intention to play ”beer pong” at the event – which he was attending in North Dunedin tonight.

”I wasn’t actually aware that was on the Facebook invite,” Mr Hughes said.

The Green Party members who organised the invite had since voluntarily removed the reference to beer pong.

Mr Hughes’ comments come after National Addiction Centre director Prof Doug Sellman said it was ”irresponsible” to have politicians encouraging .

”Essentially … there is an underlying message that binge drinking is a good thing and that the Green Party supports binge drinking.”

Prof Sellman was also critical of Prime Minister John Key, who downed several cups of beer after accepting a challenge to play beer pong at the Big Gay Out in Auckland in February.

”It’s the same thing, and to have the prime minister [doing it] is even worse.

Beer pong must be banned, says the wowsers.

Next they’ll try and ban Whizz Bang Boing!

I am rather bad at the former game but very good at the latter!

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31 Responses to “Beer Pong must be banned”

  1. SHG (316 comments) says:

    Beer pong SHOULD be banned, but just because it’s lame imported American jock bullshit.

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  2. rouppe (971 comments) says:

    No matter what you do, there’s an organisation out there that’ll get outraged

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  3. insider (1,028 comments) says:

    Hovering bunnies is the ultimate drinking game.

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  4. Grendel (1,002 comments) says:

    Nice of Gareth, friend of the worker and downtrodden to throw the volunteer under the bus. on planet green, no mp has ever gotten it wrong, its always a volunteer or a staff member who takes the bullet for it.

    this volunteer will be subject to reeducation and forced to watch all of doctor quinn medicine woman until he is able to get a doctorate on how beer pong is part of rape culture because of the balls…

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  5. Longknives (4,746 comments) says:

    This guy Sellman is completely fucking bonkers.
    I am inspired to have a few beers after work tonight in his honour…

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  6. hubbers (139 comments) says:

    As long as they don’t ban Three Man.

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  7. James Stephenson (2,180 comments) says:

    Look in the mirror holding a small glass of beer, say “Wowser, wowser, wowser” and Doug Sellman appears.

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  8. David Garrett (7,278 comments) says:

    Whiz bang boing?? Do enlighten us sheltered rural chaps DPF…or some other kind person…

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  9. big bruv (13,895 comments) says:

    DG

    Were you in the house as the same time as this muppet Hughes?

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  10. nickb (3,687 comments) says:

    This guy must be awful fun at a party…

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  11. Tarquin North (298 comments) says:

    I’m off to the pub, have a good weekend everyone. The good news is I’m unlikely to run into the professor or that twat Gareth Hughes in my local. God I hate wowsers.

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  12. hmmokrightitis (1,590 comments) says:

    Bought myself 4 bottles of wonderful craft for the weekend. Couple of Epics, a Hop Zombie and their new Emperium, a Knife Party (love this stuff) and an 8 Wired Tall Red Poppy. Fabulous NZ craft beers to enjoy. Given its going to be a shit weekend Ive got DVD’s in for the kids and I, eldest son has just made onion dip, vension and blue cheese burgers for dinner. Life is good.

    Two fingers up at the wowsers :)

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  13. Manolo (13,774 comments) says:

    Doug Sellman is one of the most obnoxious persons currently living in our country.
    A repellent individual and supreme wowser who would love to establish a non-alcohol policy in NZ.

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  14. RRM (9,924 comments) says:

    Tut tut.

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  15. Viking2 (11,471 comments) says:

    Well based on recent performance i.e. just yesterday,(blood alcohol levels changed despite any real evidence to support that. Not unusual for the Nats.), the Nats. will be enforcing this at first opportunity.

    I’m sure they have in their focus removing alcohol from the Kiwi diet.

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  16. burt (8,269 comments) says:

    It’s hard to beat a good beer pong and bong session.

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  17. Albert_Ross (293 comments) says:

    Saying that something should not be actively encouraged by community leaders, is not the same as saying that something should be made ever more difficult and preferably impossible. Doug Sellman is being a miserable old git when he says the latter, but that does not make him wrong when he says the former.

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  18. gravedodger (1,566 comments) says:

    Does anyone have a handle on Selloutmans personal behavior around alcohol?

    It would come as no surprise to me to discover his personal position present or past around booze, might be similar to that pillar of Christianity Capill and his personal attitude to morality.

    There is no preacher more fevered than a sinner

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  19. David Garrett (7,278 comments) says:

    BB: Yes, Hughes came in at the same time as me…He’s the guy who, in his maiden speech, said we Honkeys had “stolen sovereignty at the point of a gun in 1840″…Absolute prat.

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  20. Akaroa (557 comments) says:

    Beer-pong? Any-other-pong?

    I take it these are drinking games in which the – not necessarily stated – aim is to drink as much as possible in the shortest possible time?.

    (Someone please correct me if that’s not so)

    But in any case, if all these so-called ‘games’ related to boozing it just goes to re-emphasise – if indeed re-emphasis was needed – just how immature and infantile many Kiwis are when the consumption of alcohol is addressed.

    There is nothing masculine, grown-up, boast-worthy or clever in voluntary succumbing to an alcoholic out-of-mind experience such as drinking ‘games’ generally eventually produce.

    One day this nation will really grow up and treat alcohol as the sophisticated pleasure source its moderate consumption can be – instead of the quickest way to oblivion and messy uncontrolled alcoholic numbness.

    (Bit surprised to see the otherwise reasonably switched-on and revered host talking about “Whizz-bang-boing” so knowledgeably. Thought you’d be a bit above that Webmeister! You don’t HAVE to be ‘one-of-the-lads-nudge-nudge-wink-wink’ y’know!!)

    Some of us left drinking games way back in our late adolescence.

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  21. burt (8,269 comments) says:

    Akaroa

    Some of us left being judgemental and self righteous in our late adolescent too.

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  22. Keeping Stock (10,340 comments) says:

    Of course, Gareth Hughes walked, swam and cycled from Wellington to Dunedin at his own expense, rather than consuming large quantities of fossil fuels at the taxpayer’s expense. And Tui may have been the beer of choice for the Beer Pong :D

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  23. jonar (19 comments) says:

    You guys realise that Sellman works in the Addiction part of Heath services right? So he knows what it’s costing NZ to have this culture of binge drinking.
    If we could get people to tone it down a bit we might save the country millions of dollars in health services (mental health, cancer treatment, emergency services, ACC etc ), police services and so on. It might even benefit employers through less sick leave etc.
    I thought everyone here would be all for measures that reduced the cost of running the country.

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  24. burt (8,269 comments) says:

    jonar

    Do you have anything to show a causal link between the proportion of people entering addiction centres with the prevailing social culture with alcohol ?

    NZ has plenty of heroin addicts yet shooting up is not something that is at all socially acceptable.

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  25. Hodor (38 comments) says:

    Three Man is awesome, submarines also very good. Keen to find out more re Hovering Bunnies?

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  26. jonar (19 comments) says:

    @burt
    “Do you have anything to show a causal link between the proportion of people entering addiction centres with the prevailing social culture with alcohol ?”

    No, but I think you’ve avoided the main point I was trying to make. Which is that binge drinking is costing the country millions.
    I think it’s unhelpful to dismiss the people who are trying to change this as “wowsers”.

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  27. transmogrifier (522 comments) says:

    Plenty of countries out there that ban alcohol for those who want to immigrate:

    Afghanistan
    Bangladesh
    Brunei
    India (some states)
    Iran
    Kuwait
    Libya
    Mauritania
    Pakistan
    UAE
    Saudi Arabia
    Sudan
    Yemen

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  28. Hair Removal Specialist (80 comments) says:

    Circle of death a great game along with a few funnels.

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  29. burt (8,269 comments) says:

    jonar

    I wasn’t dismissing them as “wowsers” – it’s worse than that. See it seems that firstly they are advocating on something that is poorly understood and they claim to have the answer – their way.

    Secondly,

    Addiction is far more complex than simply restricting opportunity. Prohibition of any number of substances proves that over and over. Alcohol, nicotine, caffeine are generally available in large quantities for anyone who wants them. Shutting down some shops where people exhibit indulgent behaviour isn’t actually going to stop indulgent behaviour.

    So why would we fund or support an organisation who’s solution is easily proven as ineffective ?

    It’s at best window dressing. At it’s worst it’s hiding the problem from view and making it harder to understand and manage.

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  30. jonar (19 comments) says:

    @burt
    When I mentioned wowsers I was referring to the article above “Beer pong must be banned, says the wowsers.”. Also no one in the article is talking about prohibition. In fact Doug Sellmen specifically says that’s not what we want, rather some sort of effective regulation.
    In the quote above they’re merely saying that politicians shouldn’t be encouraging binge drinking, this isn’t the action of wowsers. It’s the action of those interested in preventing the social and economic costs of binge drinking.

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  31. Liberal Minded Kiwi (1,570 comments) says:

    Am sure Gaweth would be extremely popular in Dunedin to rock on up to a student event, not play beer pong as advertised and bore them to death about his political opinions, fresh from a flight from Wellington, and by car from the airport which is bloody miles away.

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