Alcohol and Social Drinking

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Alcohol and Social Drinking
The Burden of a Mother
(Proverbs 31)

By Pastor Kelly Sensenig

On August sixth and ninth, 1945, the first atomic bombs used on human beings were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, ushering in the apocalyptic nuclear age. When the atomic explosions were over and the mushroom clouds had ascended 80,000 of Hiroshima’s citizens were dead. In Nagasaki 35,000 lives we snuffed out. The misery among the living was unthinkable. Most Americans would rather not dwell on the awful destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki because of the great loss of human life. And yet, there have been millions of human lives that were slain and snuffed out since 1945, through the abuse of alcoholic beverages.

Man’s oldest enemy is alcoholic drink. Beverage alcohol takes the lives of countless millions in this county and throughout the world every generation (forty years). Hitler and his Nazis during the Holocaust took the lives of six million Jews throughout Europe's death camps. And yet alcohol has claimed millions of more lives since the days of the Holocaust. Alcohol is a destroyer. Millions of Americans are alcoholics. According to a recent National Alcohol Survey, approximately 14 million Americans abuse and/or are dependent on alcohol. An increasing number of babies are born drunk because of their mother’s alcoholic intake and fetal alcohol syndrome is still with us. Beverage alcohol continues to destroy the emotional, physical, and spiritual lives of millions of people every year. It is a destroyer and enemy of mankind. Alcohol has left a trail of blood across America.

Abraham Lincoln said this about alcohol use:
“It is a cancer in human society, eating out its vitals and threatening its destruction.”

Today one family in three is estimated to be affected in some way by a drinking problem. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences estimates that each year alcoholism and alcohol abuse in the United States cost society from $40 to $60 billion, due to lost production, health and medical care, motor vehicle accidents, violent crime, and social programs that respond to alcohol problems. Others have estimated costs to be $100 billion per year. In the United States, 97,000 deaths annually are related to excessive drinking. One-half of all traffic fatalities and one-third of all traffic injuries are related to the abuse of alcohol. Millions of work hours are lost because of alcohol related absences and work accidents.

Statistics also reveal that one-third of all suicides and one-third of all mental health disorders are estimated to be associated with serious alcohol abuse. The abuse of alcohol doesn't limit itself to adults. It has been estimated that there are over 3 million problem drinkers between the ages of 14 and 17 in the United States. In addition, ninety-five percent of violent crime on college campuses is alcohol-related. Sixty percent of the female students who had sexually transmitted diseases were “under the influence of alcohol at the time of intercourse,” and alcohol was involved in 90 percent of all campus rapes.

These statistics reveal to us why a godly mother should possess a burden for her children in relationship to the issue of alcoholic consumption. This study comes from the burdened heart of a mother who knows about the dangers and pitfalls of alcohol consumption. A godly mother will teach her son and children the danger of drinking alcoholic beverages and the importance of total abstinence. This is what our Bible lesson is about in Proverbs 31.

Proverbs 31:4
"It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink."

In this study a mother is sharing a Biblical burden with her son concerning the dangers of drinking alcohol. The advice of this mother and the ancient wisdom of the Proverbs will advise every person to stop using the substance that destroys the lives of millions of people. Abraham Lincoln also...
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