Mar 19, 2012

alarming statistics about alcohol

Alcohol use changed radically in 700 A.D. when Arab chemists discovered out how to distill alcohol. This led to the ability to produce highly potent concentrations of alcohol (whiskey >40% alcohol). It is to be noted here that during Biblical times i.e., A.D. 1st century, the alcohol content was significantly very very less and it was necessary to avoid getting sick from contaminated drinking water.

According to A.D. 1st century history, the water was not pure and mixing with wine made it safe to drink. Wine consisted of mixing between 3-4 parts water with 1 part wine up to 10 parts water to 1 part wine. [Since our drinking water is safe, we do not need to add alcohol to purify it anymore in 21st century.]

The harms and dangers caused by Alcohol (Counting the Cost):

1. 91% of alcohol consumed by human body is processed by the liver which has no mechanism for handling it.

2. Alcohol affects the brain (loss of memory and brain injury), the muscles (loss of muscle tissue), the heart (high blood pressure), the lungs (increases the likelihood of infection), the stomach (ulcers), the intestines (ulcers), the nervous system (tingling and loss of sensation in the hands and feet), the skin (flushing, sweating, and bruising), the liver (severe swelling and pain, hepatitis, and cirrhosis), the pancreas (pains), the testicles of men (shrinking), and increases the risk of foetal damage to pregnant women.

3. Alcohol has a tendency to relax our morals. Statistics say, 60% of college girls have got sexually transmitted diseases while drunk.

4. Drinking accounts for losing two-thirds of the years of our valuable life. Alcohol is responsible for: 50% of road accidents, 44% of fire injuries, 34% of falls and drowning, 16% of child abuse cases, 12% of suicides and 10% of industrial accidents.

5. Many crimes, including domestic violence, have been linked to the consumption of alcohol and being in jail or going to court for charges such as these can be quite expensive.

Holy Bible condemns and prohibits Alcohol clearly as follows:

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise (Prov 20:1). Those who indulge in drunkenness will not inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6: 10; Galatians 5: 21). Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).

Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who linger long at the wine, those who go in search of mixed wine. Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it swirls around smoothly; at the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper ( Prov 23:29-31).
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