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Scourge of Alcohol
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“Wine is a mocker and beer is a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1).

We turn on the news and hear about a mother killed in a head on collision, and about the murder of a young man outside a night club. Each summer there are numerous reports of accidental drownings. When we hear reports of fighting and burglary in our area, we scarcely flinch as it has become so common place. Immorality seems to be accepted—little attempt is made to hide it.

Each of these brings heartache to families, friends, and even entire communities and has one thing in common, alcohol.

The nutritional fruits and grains God has given us for health and vitality are created into alcoholic drinks that confuse the brain, man’s center of reason. Once alcohol is tried, and the affect enjoyed, addiction follows. Constantly the central nervous system is assaulted by alcohol until a promising, talented young person becomes irritable and quick tempered. The memory and judgment are damaged with loss of sharp and quick thinking. A promising future fades.

Due to poor judgment, loss of depth perception, coordination, and equilibrium auto accidents happen. Driving under the influence has left countless young and old physically handicapped, scarred beyond recognition with lives forever changed, or crumpled in death.

Unforgettable Scenes

One of the most unforgettable scenes that I remember from nurse's training was of young men that had been involved in drunk driving accidents. They were in geriatric chairs, uncoordinated, drooling, and reaching out just to touch us. Each of them was some ones son, or brother, or grandson.

Not long after beginning my nursing career, one of my patients was a young man who had been drinking and found on the railroad tracks with both legs severed. Nothing could ever be worth such loss.

But, there is more, much more. Not only are brain cells destroyed, but alcohol brings disease to the organs of the body. Serious affects such as throat cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, varicosities of the esophagus and stomach, and many other problems that cause years of suffering and end in premature death, are treated each year. I have been called to the bedside of patients at all hours to assist physicians in hemorrhage control due to the ravage of alcohol.

Don’t take that first drink. Not for friends, not for social standing, and not for anything or anyone. But, if you have, you are not alone. There is hope for recovery. Turn to someone you can trust, a pastor, parent, friend, or teacher. Lean on your loving Savior. His love is certain and His power is immeasurable.

“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13.)

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By Mary Etta Smith, R.N. Copyright © 2011 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®.

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