I don’t even know what to say here…so I’ll just reprint the story. Only in Australia…and the comment by the magistrate at the end is priceless.

SYDNEY (Reuters) – An Australian man convicted of his seventh
drink-driving charge was spending about A$1,000 ($972) a week on beer
— enough to buy more than 2,500 small bottles a month, a newspaper
said Tuesday.

The heartbroken construction worker began drowning his sorrows after
breaking up with his partner five years ago, the Northern Territory
News said, quoting his defense lawyer as telling a court in Australia’s
remote, tropical north.

The magistrate declined to jail the father of four, Michael Leary,
noting he had quit drinking since his latest arrest, but he banned
Leary from buying or even holding a beer for 12 months.

The magistrate also poked fun at Leary’s favorite beer, Melbourne
Bitter, in a part of the country where drinkers can be as loyal to beer
brands as they are to football teams.

”(That is) poor judgment on two counts there — drinking that much
and drinking Melbourne Bitter,” magistrate Vince Luppino was quoted as
saying.