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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

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Alcohol

Alcohol

Ephesians 5:18


Alcohol1

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


Alcohol2

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

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

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 drinking1

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

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

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 alcohol1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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