Do not gaze at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup,
when it goes down smoothly!
In the end it bites like a snake
and poisons like a viper.
Alcohol abuse and dependence are both serious social problems that everyone knows but little talk about it. According to statistics, including estimates of the World Health Organization (WHO) 12% of all American adults have had a problem with alcohol dependence at some point in their lives and about 140 million people suffer from alcohol dependence worldwide. Conventional wisdom tells us that there is no small enemy and this one is certainly quite large. Like all the other weapons that Satan uses to deceive the unwary, temptation comes through the eye. Some people drink heavily due to “social needs.” Others do it because it is fashionable. There are also those who do it out of ignorance and some do it to continue traditions. There are even those who search the human genome trying to identify a gene that would justify such abuse. In any case, alcohol abuse and dependence are causing death, disaster and sadness around the world.
The Word of God exhorts us not to become careless and do not ignore the tricks that the enemy of our souls uses to make us stumble and fall. Do remember that the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life come from the world and oppose the execution of the plans of God. The Apostle Peter sums it up: “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.” Only to God be the glory!