Alcoholism is a chronic disorder characterized by dependence on alcohol or repeated use of alcoholic beverages. Most alcoholics, in telling their story, speak about mere social or occasional drinking as the route to their eventual habit of dependence on alcohol.
Wine is a mocker [Prov. 20:1 KJV]. Alcohol is very deceptive; yielding to its deception of “just one sip” eventually gets one addicted unconsciously. However, this addiction consequently wrecks the alcoholic. It bites like a serpent and stings like an adder [Prov. 23:32 KJV].
Researchers have linked alcohol consumption to more than 60 diseases. ”Alcohol does all kinds of things in the body, and we’re not fully aware of all it affects.” Say James C. Garbutt, MD. Some health effects of alcoholism include:
ANEMIA: Heavy drinking can cause the number of oxygen carrying red blood cells to be abnormally low. This condition, known as anemia, can trigger a host of symptoms including fatigue, shortness of breath and lightheadedness.
CANCERS: Habitual drinking increases one’s risk of developing cancers. Scientists believe the increased risk comes when the body converts alcohol into acetaldehyde, a potent carcinogen. Cancer sites linked to alcohol use include mouth, pharynx (throat), larynx (voice box), esophagus, liver, breast and colorectal region of the body.
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES: Heavy drinking makes platelets more likely to clump together into blood clots, which can lead to heart attack or stroke. Heavy drinking can also cause cardiomyopathy, a potential deadly condition in which the heart muscles weaken and eventually fail.
CIRRHOSIS: Alcohol is toxic to liver cells and many drinkers develop cirrhosis of the liver. This is a lethal condition in which the liver becomes scarred that it is unable to function.
DEPRESSION: It’s long been known that heavy drinking often goes hand in hand with depression, but there has been debate about which came first – the drinking or the depression. One theory is that depressed people turned to alcohol in an attempt to “self-medicate” to ease their emotional pain. But a large study from New Zealand showed that it was probably the other way around – that is, heavy drinking led to depression.
SEIZURES: Heavy drinking can cause epilepsy and can trigger seizures even in people who don’t have epilepsy. It can also interfere with the action of the medications used to treat convulsions.
GOUT: This is a painful condition caused by the formation of uric acid crystals in the joints. Although some cases are largely hereditary, alcohol and other dietary factors seem to play a role. Alcohol also seems to aggravate existing cases of gout.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: Alcohol can disrupt the sympathetic nervous system, which, among other things, controls the constriction and dilation of blood vessels in response to conditions like stress, temperature and exertion. Heavy drinking can cause blood pressure to rise. Over time, this effect can become chronic. High blood pressure can lead to many other health problems, including kidney disease, heart disease and stroke.
INFECTIOUS DISEASES: Heavy drinking suppresses the immune system, providing a foothold for infections, including tuberculosis, pneumonia, HIV/AIDS, and other sexually transmitted diseases (including some that cause infertility). People who drink heavily also are more likely to engage in risky sex habits.
NERVE DAMAGE: Heavy drinking can cause a form of nerve damage known as alcoholic neuropathy, which can produce a painful “pins-and-needles” feeling or numbness in the extremities as well as muscle weakness, incontinence, constipation, erectile dysfunction and other problems. Alcoholic neuropathy may arise because alcohol is toxic to nerve cells or because nutritional deficiencies attributable to heavy drinking compromise nerve function.
PANCREATITIS: In addition to causing stomach irritation (gastritis), drinking can inflame the pancreas. Chronic pancreatitis interferes with the digestive process, causing severe abdominal pain and persistent diarrhea. Some cases of chronic pancreatitis are triggered by gallstones, but up to 60% stem from alcohol consumption.
Alcohol impairs proper brain function. Memory and sound judgment are adversely affected and altered, making the drunk prone to injuries and accidents. Alcohol steals self-control, one’s most priceless virtue and secret for all successful enterprises. It impacts negatively on the pleasure centers of the brain, making alcoholics susceptible to immorality, infidelity and untamed foolish speeches (at times revealing sworn-secrets).
It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine or for rulers to crave strong drink [Prov. 31:4 NET].
Alcohol will slay and destroy the unwise, aborting his/her God-given dreams and vision.
Alcoholism is not suitable for a king and unbecoming of a priest. Beloved, you’re a king and a priest called by God to show forth His glory among the nations [1 Pet. 2:9 & Rev. 1:6]. Keep your sanctity and defile not yourself with liquor. Keep your eyes from looking on the wine when it is red, when its colour is bright in the cup, when it goes smoothly down [Prov. 23:31 BBE].