Alcoholism: The Great Equalizer For This Statesman Alcoholism: The Great Equalizer For This Statesman
The minority leader in the New York State Assembly, Brian Kolb, published an op-ed on Christmas Eve urging New Yorkers to not drink and... Alcoholism: The Great Equalizer For This Statesman

The minority leader in the New York State Assembly, Brian Kolb, published an op-ed on Christmas Eve urging New Yorkers to not drink and drive during the holidays.

On December 26, Kolb tweeted “There is no excuse for driving impaired this holiday season.” Kolb, a huge advocate to stiff drunk driving laws in his state co-sponsored Leandra’s Law, which charges even first-time offenders automatically with a felony if found drunk with a person of 15 years of age or younger inside the car.

It came as quite a shock to the 131st Assembly District when it was reported that Kolb was found crashed in a ditch by a passerby on New Year’s Eve. The icing on the cake for Kolb was that he was driving a state-owned vehicle.

Deputies performed a field sobriety test, in which Kolb failed. Additionally, while in custody at Ontario County Jail a Breathalyzer was performed, and it revealed his blood alcohol was over .08%. He was then charged with making an unsafe turn, and of course a misdemeanor DWI.

How could such a well respect man, who championed laws that strictly enforced drunk drivers be caught and charged with DWI himself?

The short answer is Alcoholism.

The long answer is a non-discriminant DSM-5 recognized disease that tells the individual suffering from the disease that they don’t have the disease, leaving them in complete denial, and in-turn rarely dealt with. The consequences of the disease on the other hand, as Brian Kolb experienced, are far more recognizable and lasting.

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