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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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Ephesians 5:18

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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


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.