It’s a major public health problem facing many countries in the world. It’s an addiction that people continue in despite severe damage to their physical, mental, and social well-being. This abuse costs the United States about $40 to $60 billion annually due to lost production, health and medical care, motor vehicle accidents, violent crime, and social programs that respond to this problem.
Is alcoholism a problem in our society?
One half of all traffic fatalities are related to the abuse of alcohol. About 76 million people in the United States have been exposed to alcoholism in the family. That is, 43 percent of adults grew up with or married an alcoholic or had a blood relative who was a problem drinker. Currently about 1 in 14 Americans abuses alcohol. It is estimated that over 3 million teens in the U. S. are problem drinkers. About 62 percent of high school seniors report that they have been drunk. Studies show that around 20 percent of all suicides are alcohol related.
It should not be surprising that the signs of alcoholism are not clear to an alcoholic due to the nature of the addiction. Some of the obvious signs are a strong craving, need, and compulsion to drink. There is a loss of control, an inability to limit one’s drinking on any given occasion. A physical dependence can be noticed when consumption is stopped after heavy drinking. These signs include nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety. And tolerance increases with use. In other words, you have to drink more and more to get the same “high.”
Alcoholism is more than a sobering phenomena of our times. It is a sign of the end of the world and Christ’s soon coming. The Bible says, “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:34–36).
The Holy Spirit speaks to our minds and hearts through the Bible and through the positive influences of other Christians. We cannot tune in to the Lord’s messages to us if our minds are clouded with alcohol. One of the greatest negative impacts of alcohol is impaired thinking. We cannot be ready for Christ’s coming if our thoughts are distorted.
Completely stopping drinking ought to be your goal (abstinence) if you drink alcohol. Any amount of this chemical/drug is damaging to the entire body. Most alcoholics do not recognize their drinking is a problem. A person will be more motivated if they recognize how their drinking harms themselves and others. Studies have shown that the greatest motivation to change comes when family members are honest with a person who drinks alcohol. If you struggle with alcohol, you need help and you cannot do it alone.
Satan does not want anyone to be ready for Christ’s soon return. He has created many methods to “weigh down” the hearts of people. Turn your heart to Jesus. Attend one of the seminars listed on this website and learn more about the coming of the Lord. If you want to be free of alcohol, find help. And be ready for the glorious return of Jesus. He is the only “drink” you will ever need (John 4:10).