Teen Challenge Qld calls for drinking age to be raised to 21

“the Queensland based rehabilitation organisation sees the problem as being a result of deeper fundamental cultural issue that won’t and can’t be solved by treating the symptoms…”
“The organisations Executive Director, Joanne Hobbs, believes the most impactful way we can see a change in this culture is to include raising the drinking age to 21 as part of this strategy, and fears that if this doesn’t happen, the cost to our nation will be great.”
“Education, access to the right services and restricting alcohol promotion are all fantastic initiatives but without a hard lined approach to the drinking age, Teen Challenge Qld fears its services will be needed more, and more.”

(Teen Challenge Queensland Media Statement Issued 11 Nov. 2014)

Survey shows increasing support for increasing drinking age

“According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, support for raising the legal drinking age to 21 years has increased from around 41 per cent in 2004 to 50 per cent in 2010.”

(Australian Medical Association, 21 Oct. 2013, No Drinks Before 21: Call For Debate)

2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey Report, Table 13.4

Seeing this survey in 2010, the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd appeared supportive of calls to increase the minimum age to 21 though other parties have made it official policy.

ABC News, 9 Feb. 2010, Rudd wants drinking age lifted to 21

“In WA, 64 per cent were for the limit to be increased and 36 per cent against. In NSW and Queensland, more than 66 per cent of online voters were on Kevin’s more teetotal team.”
“Many readers who backed an older age limit said it would reduce booze-soaked violence, decrease binge drinking and cut the national road toll.”
(PerthNow, 9 Feb. 2010, Increase drinking age to 21, say News web readers)

Francis Asbury: lay aside alcohol

Francis Asbury

“I have had one thought about our citizens in general. I wish they would lay aside the use of wine and strong drink in general. God would suddenly and certainly work. I am determined not to go out of my way on that matter for five hundred presidents and all the bishops in the world. I am sincerely thine.”

(Francis Asbury, 30 Dec. 1802, Letter to George Robert, Pastor of Light Street Church in Baltimore)

In 1784 John Wesley commissioned Francis Asbury to establish the Methodist Church in America.

Election: Australian Christians WA helpful alcohol policies

  • “Australian Christians will introduce legislation to increase the drinking age to 21. Alcohol is a gateway drug.”
  • “Australian Christians will introduce an Alcoholic Beverages Advertising Prohibition Bill in WA.”
  • “Australian Christians will introduce an amendment to the Liquor Act to restrict extended trading hours by hotels and liquor stores, and increase the penalties for selling alcohol to under aged or intoxicated people.”
  • “Australian Christians will work to increase the penalties for drink driving offences, particularly for repeat offenders.”

Australian Christian Lobby asks political parties their alcohol policies for 2013 West Australian Election. (Source: WA Votes, Justice, 3. Alcohol Abuse)

“An inquiry into the impact of Western Australia’s booze culture has sparked calls for Australia’s legal drinking age to be raised to 21.

A West Australian parliamentary committee investigating alcohol and illicit drug problems has urged the state to raise the drinking age and increase the price of alcohol.”
(Sarah Collerton, 24 Jun. 2011, Should Australia’s legal drinking age be 21?, ABC News.)

We agree alcohol bad – global evangelical survey

“…large majority of the leaders from the Global South (75%) say alcohol consumption is not compatible with being a good evangelical. Leaders from sub-Saharan Africa are especially likely to say this; fully 78% say consuming alcohol is not compatible with being a good evangelical.”

“Global North (includes Europe, North America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand)
Global South (includes all other countries)”

P.S. global figures: “Roughly half (52%) of the evangelical leaders say drinking alcohol is not compatible with being a good evangelical, while 42% say it is compatible, and 6% are not sure or do not answer.”

Global Survey of Evangelical Protestant Leaders (2011, Pew Research Centre)

Comment: in places where nominal Christianity is rare, the Holy Bible is taken seriously. In these places Christians rarely say drinking alcohol is compatible with being a good evangelical. The confusion of others can be remedied…

How Graham Kerr quit cooking with alcohol

Graham Kerr, celebrity TV chef of the 1970s. Before his conversion to Christ, he was previously known for crude jokes, cooking with alcohol and constantly guzzling it too. But then in 1975 he became a New Creation, and what a difference!

“He became famous for his one show, the ‘Galloping Gourmet.’ 455 episodes were filmed in all.” (Cooks Info – Graham Kerr)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Here is the new Graham Kerr in his own words… Continue reading “How Graham Kerr quit cooking with alcohol”

United Brethren in Christ – avoid alcohol

“The Church of the United Brethren in Christ believes, and experience demonstrates, that the abuse of alcoholic beverages is harmful to our physical bodies and is a detriment to the best stewardship and witness of our lives. Therefore, we urge all of our members to avoid using alcoholic beverages. We also urge our leaders to teach as well as counsel about the hazards of abusing alcoholic beverages and that deliverance is possible through the ministry of the Spirit.”

(Church of the United Brethren in Christ, US Discipline 2015-2017, Part II: Standards of the Church, Social Standards, Section 143)

Annabaptist Mennonites avoid alcohol

We believe that all followers of Christ are called with a holy calling to a life of separation from the world and its follies, its sinful practices and methods.  Followers of Christ recognise the Lordship of Christ.  They seek for holiness of heart, life, and speech, and refuse any unequal yoke with unbelievers.  They regard their bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit and crucify the flesh with its affections and lusts.  Therefore, they will avoid such things as harmful drugs, beverage alcohol, and tobacco.”

(Conservative Australian Annabaptist Mennonites, Summary of Beliefs, Article 16., DISCIPLESHIP AND NON-CONFORMITY)