Most summarization of lectures given by Waymen Spence, M.D., Director of Spenco medical corporation, and Sidney Cohen, M.D. PhD., Dr. Cohen was former director of the Division of Narcotic Addiction and Drug Abuse in the U.S.A. He has more recently been clinical professor of psychiatry at University of California at Los Angeles.
- More than half the murders committed by people under the influence of this drug.
- One third to one half of all arrests are related to it.
- 90% of assaults are related to it.
- 50% of the rapes are done by individuals under its influence.
- It is estimated that it costs the U.S. Government approximately 60 billion dollars a year in an attempt to control this drug.
- In 4 out of 5 fatal car accidents this drug is involved.
- It is involved in breaking up many homes. Suicides, and the batter child syndrome.
- one fifth of all admissions to mental hospitals are patients whose brains have been damaged by this drug.
……..the drug is alcohol……….ethyl- alcohol!
It is consumed in:
Beer 3-6% alcohol.
Wine 12-14% alcohol.
Liquors 40-50% alcohol (Rum may be up to 90% alcohol.
Common liquors are whiskey, gin, brandy, vodka, etc…cocktails and highballs are simply liquors diluted with fruity juice or soda water.
The rate of absorption is faster from the stomach and small intestines for liquor, than wines and than beer. Food in the stomach slows down absorption.
After absorption into the blood stream, 10% is excreted through the urine, but 90% is broken down for elimination from the body by the liver. The liver will break down for elimination in a person weighing 160 pounds. The alcohol in one can of 5% beer of one glass of 12% wine, or one shot of whiskey in two hours. This process cannot be speeded up.
A wide variety of physical diseases are caused by the consumption of alcohol:
- Gastric Ulcers.
- Duodenal Ulcers.
- Pancreatitis .
- Alcoholic Hepatitis.
- Changes in the liver .
- Cirrhosis (or hardening) of the liver.
- Esophagel vertices which rupture. I saw the sad case of a police officer who was about 30 years of age drown in his own blood from a ruptured esophagel vertices. He had been drinking alcohol from his early youth.
- Degeneration of the neurons of the brain.
- Enlargement of the heart with failure.
- The use of alcohol reduces the body’s resistance to all types of infections, from the common cold to tuberculosis.
- Only one of two drinks, such as beer, or wine, or whiskey is sufficient to reduce the brain’s ability to function with safety, for the reflex action of the nervous system is slowed down under the influence of alcohol.
Many think alcohol to be a stimulant. This is a great error. Alcohol is a depressant. Authority even list alcohol in the third place among the ten causes of impotency.
It is true that from some texts in the Bible it would seem that the God of heaven approved the use of alcohol. Actually, God dealt with this like He did with loving will for His earthy children. His will becomes much more clear. Acts 17:30 says, “And the times of this ignorance, God winked at; but now (since Jesus came to reveal His Father’s will) commandeth all men everywhere to repent.”
Here are some Bible texts, which indicate a pretty clear picture of God’s attitude towards alcohol.
- “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging, and whosoever is not wise.” Proverbs 20:1
- “For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty…” proverb 23:21
- “Who hath woe? Who hath sorrow? Who hath wounds without a cause..?
They that go to seek wine… at last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.” Proverb 22:23-32
God even condemns those who do not drink themselves, but give alcoholic beverages to their friends. This impression could come from Habakkuk 2:15, “Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink”.
There are multiple examples in the scripture where God was looking for a messenger to do a special work for Him, where the parents were given special admonition by the angel. Let us use John the Baptist as a an example. “For he (John the Baptist) shall be great in the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink…” Luke 1:15
Then St. Paul, under inspiration, wrote concerning the lifestyle of a layman in the church who could be chosen to become a leader in the church, that by his example to others, by God’s help they could copy after this leader. Note what Paul says in Titus 1”7-9 and also in 2 timothy 3:2-5, “Blameless, as the steward of God, not self willed… not given to wine, no striker, just, holy, temperate… Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy…patient…”.