I was reading a tract booklet recently that gave the following statistics about alcohol:
I contacted the author of the tract, and he told me that these statistics were from 20 years ago. Yikes! What a mess alcohol consumption has created in our society.
How about underage alcohol abuse?
Underage drinking is a serious public health concern in the U.S. The CDC reports that it is the cause of death in 3,500 people under age 21 every year. It is also responsible for an estimated 210,000 years of potential life lost in young people under age 21 each year. In 2010, underage drinking cost the U.S. $21 billion. In 2013, there were 119,000 ER visits in people aged 12-21 due to alcohol-related injuries.
According to the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, during the past 30 days, 29 percent of high school students drank alcohol, 14 percent engaged in binge drinking, 5 percent drove after drinking alcohol, and 17 percent rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol.
And, then, let’s throw in a little lockdown on top of it:
Millions of Americans took to the bottle during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study.
Neilsen reported a 54 percent increase in alcohol sales for the week ending March 21, 2020, over the previous year.
Meanwhile, 75 percent of Americans reported drinking more during the lockdowns, and the American Psychological Association found a quarter of Americans increased drinking to deal with pandemic-related stress.
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
How about a big resounding “NO” to killer alcohol in the days to come?
Until the Nets are Full,
Memorial Day is right around the corner. As the country remembers the high cost of national freedom, it might be a good time to bring up the high cost of eternal freedom that Jesus Christ purchased on the cross for every single person.
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