NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy:
the Physicians Desk Reference states that antidepressants can cause a craving for alcohol and
alcohol abuse. The liver cannot metabolize the
antidepressant and the alcohol simultaneously, which leads to elevated
levels of both alcohol and the antidepressant in the human body resulting in
toxic manic reactions. Two types of mania seem apparent in this case:
Dypsomania – an overwhelming craving for alcohol & Kleptomania – compulsion
to take things that are not yours.
depression and is taking medication for it and on
this day he took medication and had a couple of beers and he can’t
account for why he did it.”
Asda shoplifter was in ‘severe financial straits’
A MAN tried
to flee a supermarket with £270-worth of goods and only enough cash for a taxi
home, a court heard.
Paul Richard Charnley stole the items from the Asda
store in Barrow.
But the 40-year-old was caught.
Charnley appeared at Furness Magistrates’ Court over the theft.
Dodd, prosecuting, told the court: “He went into the store and went round
looking at various items, filling his trolley with various goods.
it is full, he goes into the cafe area where there is no CCTV coverage and is
observed placing items into carrier bags and into the top of the trolley and
then proceeds to leave without any intention of paying for any goods.”
Dodd said Charnley was followed by store staff and detained outside.
court heard Charnley was in “severe financial straits” and had been out of work
for 15 months.
He was said to be “hungry” and only had £5 on him that he
intended to use to pay for a taxi back to his home in Laburnum Crescent, Barrow.
Miss Karen Templeton, defending, told the court: “He says he is
absolutely ashamed of himself and he has been worried sick about coming here.
“He suffers from depression and is taking medication for it and on this
day he took medication and had a couple of beers and he can’t account for why he
“He takes this very seriously and is very remorseful about what
he has done.”
Charnley pleaded guilty to stealing items valued at £270.44
belonging to Asda on October 7.
Presiding magistrate Mr Les Johnson gave
Charnley a six-month conditional discharge.
Mr Johnson did not force
Charnley to pay a fine due to his money problems.
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