The Benefits Of Abstinence
We often hear of the benefits of a glass of wine or a beer. Many believe they cannot celebrate a birthday, wedding, or graduation without providing alcohol in some form. We don’t hear much about the downside of alcohol consumption. A standard five-ounce glass of wine, a standard 12-ounce can of beer and a shot of 80-proof whiskey have the same amount of alcohol. Most, including many sincere Christians, may be “responsible” and careful in their drinking but it is easy to slip occasionally over the point of responsibility.
Several studies estimate that one of twenty moderate drinkers (one drink a day for women, two a day for men, according to the Department of Health and Human Services) will become an alcoholic and that one in ten will become a problem drinker. The average alcoholic or problem drinker impacts, not just himself or herself, but 10 to 15 persons in their family, at their job, and in other relationships. Thirty-one percent of traffic deaths involve an “alcohol impaired” driver. A recent TV medical news report mentioned a survey which estimated that 23,000 women die each year as a result of drinking alcohol. The diseases the survey mentioned were cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, and brain damage. Perhaps no one has added up the amount of spouse abuse and child abuse that has resulted from alcohol but it is all around us.
Total abstainers may be mean, hard to live with, critical, troublemakers, etc... but they can be very happy with delicious Welch’s grape juice. They may be a problem, but they will never become problem drinkers.
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