Borderline Personality Disorder,  Celebrities,  Substance Abuse

Linsey Lohan’s mugshot used in liquor industry ad

art_lohan_ap.jpgFrom CNN:

Lindsay Lohan is not exactly toasting her latest public appearance, but I guess it’s not hard to find mugshots of her at the moment.

A mug shot of the 21-year-old actress, who has been in and out of rehab after two arrests last year on drunken driving and cocaine charges, was prominently featured Friday in an advertisement attacking legislation for devices that measure a driver’s blood alcohol level before their vehicle can start.

The full-page black-and-white ad appeared in USA Today on Friday and was paid for by the American Beverage Institute, a trade group that supports the interests of the alcohol industry. The ad reads “Ignition interlocks are a good idea for” above Lohan’s mug shot from her July 24, 2007, arrest and “But a bad idea for us” above smaller photos of people drinking.

“The reason that we used Lindsay Lohan is because she’s had multiple DUIs that have been high profile,” American Beverage Institute managing director Sarah Longwell told The Associated Press. “We needed to create the distinction for the public what someone with multiple DUIs looked like versus a low blood-alcohol-level first-time offender.”

Lawmakers in several states have passed bills that would require drunken driving offenders to pay for and install an ignition interlock system. Under many such laws, the interlock requirement extends to first-time offenders driving while “highly intoxicated” — or with a blood alcohol level of 0.15 percent or higher.

The ad suggested that ignition interlocks were fine for “hard-core” drunk drivers, but suggested they would bring an end to champagne toasts at weddings, wine at dinner and ballgame beers.

“USA Today is idiotic to run such an irresponsible advertisement suggesting that drinking and driving is some kind of American ‘tradition’ we should protect,” Lohan’s lawyer, Blair Berk, said in a statement. “Not identifying that this ad was paid for by the liquor and restaurant industries is profoundly reckless.

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“Drunk, white businessmen, drunk housewives out for girls night out and drunk wedding parties should be kept off the roads of America,” Berk continued. “Lindsay Lohan fully endorses ignition interlock devices, which have been well-proven to save lives.”

The American Beverage Institute stood by its use of Lohan’s image.

“People magazine, Smoking Gun and a lot of people have republished this mug shot,” said Longwell. “It was publicly accessible. We’re not using it for any kind of commercial gain. So we’re well within our rights to use it.”

Reached for comment about Berk’s statement, USA Today spokesman Ed Cassidy issued the following statement: “Advocacy advertising is a big part of what we do. Our pages function as forum for competing views.”

Frankly, I think she looks pretty good (bad Bon!). The last thing I need is another BPDish woman in my life (yeah, like I’d have a chance with her – she’s half my age – almost). She’s on my top five list of possible BPD celebs – which I need to update soon. After giving Pete Doherty the royal research treatment, I think it behooves me to give the rest of the bunch the same. Soon to come!


  • Bon Dobbs

    Wow, you really reacted quickly. I posted that what? I couple of minutes ago? I didn’t see the ad either, but read about it on my cellphone (which is the only way I can get any news at all). I hate to say it, she’s looking pretty good in that pic – drunk or not. My wife is on one of the chemical adventures right now – ambien this time. Soon I plan to post a challenge to all of my readers… how does one dissuade someone (with BPD or not) from over medicating? I have found this is problem with many BPs. Anti-anxieties (Xanax, antivan, and others), sleep meds (ambien and others) and pain meds seems to be an issue. I understand why. My wife gets mean on anti-anxieties, manic on sleep ing meds (weirdly enough) and amorous on pain meds. What to do?

  • BPD in OKC

    I have your blog subscribed in google reader, so it pops up as soon as you post something. Google reader is awesome.

    Anyways, I am one of the crazy people that love reading about Lindsay Lohan so as soon as I saw her name, I knew I had to read it right away.

    On the subject of over-medicating, I think it’s human nature to want medicine to work right now, so when medicine doesn’t work immediately, we go straight for more. It’s a dangerous cycle that we shouldn’t be on, but it’s hard to resist doubling a dose of medicine if that might mean it would work a few minutes sooner.

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