A very unique aspect of the alcoholic clearly is that of "denial.", even denial of the negative things alcohol does to them and the others, and denial that the problem of alcohol abuse is one of main social problems in Canada now too.
Alcoholism. A progressive and chronic disease manifested by repeated implicative drinking so as to cause injury to the drinker's health or to his social or economic functioning (Mark Keller).Problem Drinking. Excessive drinking which causes more than occasional harm to the drinker or others close to him.Authorities generally agree that at least one drinker out of 17 ultimately becomes a problem drinker. Many contend that one out of ten is a more accurate figure."The use of alcohol creates strain in all family relationships leading to alienation of spouse and even possible divorce. The strain in relationships extends beyond the family with irrational behavior in all real relationships with neighbors, at work, in citizenship responsibilities, and the like. Alcohol abuse reduces the sense of responsibility because of loss of judgment. It squelches all spiritual and ethical growth of the addicted. It can cause mental breakdown and protracted mental lapses. It causes personal financial crises because of expenditures for alcohol and because of wage and job loss. This member's experience and contribution to the committee was invaluable.
One of the most dangerous aspects of alcohol use is highway accidents. It is variously estimated that 30 to 40% of car accidents are alcohol related. Fifty percent of the annual car accident deaths annually are alcohol related. Half of all murders are alcohol related, either the victim or the criminal. One fourth of all suicides are alcohol related. Alcohol abusers are more than 7 times more likely to be separated or divorced. Even the casual or social drinker becomes a life-threatening danger when driving. And the admonition, "If you drink don't drive," is not viable because most drinkers deny, when under the influence, that they are threats on the highway. To the committee, this is one of the most dangerous situations growing out of alcohol use, with thousands of lives sacrificed needlessly on the highway.
The physical effects of alcohol are seen in many parts of the body. Details cannot be given here, but researchers have isolated damage to brain tissues, heart and blood vessel tissues, the liver, stomach, intestines, muscles, and other parts of the body. Liver damage, often reversible in early stages if the patient stops drinking, is perhaps the most serious physical disorder and often is the direct cause of death. Alcohol has much more serious physical complications than morphine, heroin, cocaine, and other drugs.""And for the more uptight out there, particularly of the religious bent, let's remember that at James' wedding, it wasn't lemonade that Jesus turned the water into, nor was it seltzer consumed at the Last Supper." debaterI love these people who refer to isloated text of the BIBLE and hypocticaly do now still negelct the rest of it. In the Bible, the term “sin” is used also to describe alcoholism, sexual immorality and other activities that are, have been carried on irresponsibly and which, and do, have caused much devastation in the people’s own lives and the lives of others.
The Bible also uses “sin” to describe many other actions that we all recognize as evil – including anger, hatred, sex abuse, murder, terrorism, theft, lying. And all sinners need still to repent.
You are a sinner if you are an alcoholic.
You are a sinner if you are a murderer, abuser .
You are a sinner if you are a liar
The Bible points to the dangers of the abuse of alcohol. "Wine," says the book of Proverbs, "is a mocker" (20:1) and can be a source of woe, sorrows, and strange visions (23:29-35). The New Testament warns against drunkenness and drunken orgies (Rom. 13:13; 1 Cor. 5:11: 6:10; Gal. 5:21; 1 Peter 4:3; 1 Tim. 3:3,8; Titus 1:7). "Do not get drunk with wine" is the mandate of Ephesians 5:18. and it calls upon each one of us to be responsible for our actions and the effects of those actions on others(Micah 2:11 KJV) If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.(Prov 4:17 KJV) For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.(Prov 20:1 KJV) Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.(Hosea 4:11 KJV) Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.(Prov 31:4 KJV) It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:If you ask the fundamentals they will tell you that the wine Jesus made was grape juice and not an alcoholic drinkJesus and his disciples did not make a practice of getting drunk, of being alcoholics and that is the critical issue.The Alcoholics need to keep their booze option close to them and too oftenCheating, lying, stealing, Alcoholism, are all still unacceptable vices and not mere sicknesses.(1 Tim 3:3 KJV) Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;(Prov 23:30 KJV) They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.(Isa 28:1 KJV) Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!(Isa 28:7 KJV) But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.(Dan 1:8 KJV) But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.(Joel 1:5 KJV) Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine,(Rev 14:10 KJV) The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:(Rev 22:15 KJV) For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.(1 Cor 6:9 KJV) Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
(Heb 3:11 KJV) So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)