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(NKJV) Proverbs 23:29-35 says that alcohol can destroy social, physical, and spiritual health. The result of using too much alcohol and addiction that can come from using alcohol are also given in this passage. These problems may be even be even greater today than they were when Proverbs was written.

It May Destroy Social Health[]

"(29) Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? (30) They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine."

(NKJV)Proverbs 23:29-30

Alcohol is often sold as an opportunity for social health. Advertisers promote the idea that fellowship, friendship, and fun are ingredients packed into ever can of beer. Wine is sold as a drink of romance and family tradition. Advertisements encourage you to think that if you are lonely, just open an alcoholic container, take a drink and you will be surrounded by fun-loving friends.

Such advertisements my make alcohol consumption sound great, but they are lies. Alcohol contributes to separation. It can also destroy you family and come between you and your friends. Some of the loneliest people in the world are those who wander the streets searching for another drink. No one seems to care whether they live or die. Alcohol abuse can lead to a lonely life .

Alcohol also contributes to poverty. (NKJV) Proverbs 23:21a says, "the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty." Alcohol leads to poverty in two ways. First, it is expensive to buy alcoholic beverages. regular drinkers can easily spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on alcohol in their lifetimes.

Second, it can damage your ability to earn money. People who abuse alcohol may not be good employees. As they drink more and more, the quality of their work usually deteriorates. They miss work frequently and may have more than their share of accidents.

It May Destroy Physical Health[]

The physical effects of alcohol are often more obvious than the effects on you social health. People who abuse alcohol suffer from a variety of physical problems. Unfortunately, those who use alcohol also hurt other people.

Harm to self

All alcoholics are toxic. Ethanol is the least toxic but is poisonous when taken in sufficient quantities. Chugging beer or gulping quantities of other alcoholic beverages at one sitting can result in alcohol poisoning which may lead to shock, coma, and even death.

The effects of alcohol on the mind and body depends on how much ethanol is in the bloodstream (Blood Alcohol Concentration). A person under the influence of alcohol will often do things he might not ordinarily do. If the B.A.C. continues to rise, other more obvious effects appear. Judgment, hearing, speech, vision, and balance become impaired, and one loses the ability to function normally. When a person loses his ability to function, he is considered to be drunk or in intoxicated.

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