Alcohol Ephesians 5:18
Alcohol • Ethanol is the type of alcohol in alcoholic beverages • It is a highly addictive drug that can be produced synthetically or naturally through fermentation • Alcohol is a depressant that slows the central nervous system • This leads to intoxication, an intoxicated person’s mental and physical abilities are greatly impaired
Alcohol • Simple, the law states that you cannot consume/possess alcohol under the age of 21 • If someone over 21 supplies a minor with alcohol, they will face severe punishments • Teens who drink alcohol are more likely to be victims of violent crime, rape, assault, and robbery. • Also more likely to engage in fights and sexual activity
Alcohol Abuse • It is estimated that 25% of teens are exposed to alcohol abuse • A growing problem with underage drinkers and young drinkers is Binge Drinking • Rapid drinking (peer pressure) is exceptionally dangerous and possibly fatal • Binge drinking leads to alcohol poisoning; or the shutting down of necessary functions of the body
Short-Term Effects of Drinking • Body Size/Gender • A small person feels the effects of alcohol much faster • If the stomach contains food, it lessens the effect of alcohol consumption • Amount/rate also alter the effects of alcohol on the body • Alcohol will also interact with drugs/medications causing problems
Short-Term Effects of Drinking • Effects begin with the first drink • Brain is less able to control motor function, speech, and vision • Blood vessels expand causing a drop in body temperature • Some alcohol passes to the stomach quickly causing nausea/vomiting • Breathing may begin to slow
Types of Alcohol • Different drinks have different alcohol content • Beer is typically 4% alcohol by volume • Wine is typically 10% alcohol by volume • Hard Drinks/liquor (vodka, whiskey) can range from 35%-70% alcohol by volume • The alcohol content greatly effects how your body responds to the alcohol
Long-Term Effects of Alcohol • Changes to Brain • Addiction- inability to stop drinking • Brain Functions – loss of verbal, visual, and spatial skills as well as memory • Cardiovascular • Damage to heart muscle • Enlarged heart • High blood pressure = heart attack, stroke
Long-Term Effects of Alcohol • Liver • Liver filters the alcohol, creating a fatty build up which leads to death of liver cells • Infection of the liver • Cirrhosis – liver tissue is replaced with scar tissue which leads to failure of the liver • Digestive • Lining is damaged • Ulcers and cancer
Alcoholism • A disease in which a person has a physical or psychological dependence on alcohol • Symptoms • Craving – a compulsion to drink • Loss of control – cannot limit amount or time of drinking • Physical dependence – when not drinking, experience with drawl • Tolerance – needs to consume more to get same effects • Social Problems – family, health, legal problems
Effects • About 40% of violent crimes involve the use of alcohol • 2/3 of victims of domestic abuse report alcohol was a factor in the crime • Nearly ½ of all homicide victims had alcohol in their system • Any questions on why Prohibition happened in U.S.?
Teens and Alcohol • Underage drinking is a large problem in our country • Teens feel the need to be accepted and participate in drinking • Family members have a large impact, your are more likely to use alcohol if your parents use alcohol • The media portrays alcohol in a glamorous/exciting light
Treatment Cannot be cured, but can be treated Alcoholics need to learn how to live an alcohol-free life (recovery) The goal of recovery programs is to stop, or control the intake of alcohol Sobriety (life with out alcohol) is a lifelong commitment
Organizations Al-Anon/Alateenhelps families/friends of alcoholics Alcoholics Anonymous provides help for users of all ages Most churches have a program, or host an AA group
Alcohol and Our Faith • Many times in the Bible we see the consumption of alcohol, often times specifically wine • In large part, alcohol was able to be stored for long periods of time, and was safer/healthier to consume than water • Does this mean that it is acceptable for us to consume alcohol? • We are not to become drunken,(Ephesians 5:18) we are not to place anything in between us and our relationship with God (1Timothy 6:10) , we are to treat our bodies as temples (1 Cor. 6:19). • Alcohol can get in the way of these.