EVEN ONE DRINK risks the health of an unborn baby – American Academy of Pediatrics & NOFAS

‘Even One Drink’

‘There is no safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Even one drink risks the health of an unborn baby.’ ‘Pregnant? Don’t Drink. Period.’

American Academy of Pediatrics, 2004, adapted from materials provided by the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, http://www.aap.org/advocacy/chm98fet.htm

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Fathers-to-be stop using alcohol AT LEAST THREE MONTHS BEFORE

‘The drugs in a man’s system may lead to lower birth weight, birth defects or serious illnesses for the child after birth.’

‘Men are advised to stop using alcohol and other drugs at least three months before attempting fertilization.’

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services, 1999, ‘Paternal Contribution to Birth Defects’, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Information Sheet, http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dada/fas/fas.htm

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How George Foreman Quit Drinking

George Foreman says: how I quit drinking – former heavyweight boxing champion

On my nineteenth birthday, I got so drunk that I couldn’t remember what happened that night. The next day, I ran into my friend who had been badly beaten up. He had a swollen eye and other bruises. I asked what happened.

“Don’t you remember?” he asked. “You beat me up last night!”

That stunned me. It shook me so much that I decided to never take another drink of alcohol. And I never have since then. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t quit smoking and drinking.

George Foreman, God In My Corner, Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007, p. 169.

I am not half legalistic enough – John Wesley

Never talk against ‘legalism’: call it tenderness of conscience

John Wesley

Legality [Legalism], with most who use that term, really means tenderness of conscience. There is no propriety in the word if one would take it for seeking justification by works. Considering, therefore, how hard it is to fix the meaning of that odd term, and how dreadfully it has been abused, I think it highly advisable for all the Methodists to lay it quite aside.
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Phoebe Palmer: Alcohol ‘This evil in the church’

Phoebe Palmer

This evil in the Church and the world is the stumbling-block of iniquity over which thousands of professors are falling away from God, and tens of thousands of the masses are being plunged into endless perdition. …

When a man that was well known as among the most successful in promoting the interests of the Church, in things that appertain to its true glory, was mentioned in your official board to be the successor to your departing minister, and it was whispered, “Do you know that he is a temperance man?” what is the reason that you and your anti-temperance friends turned so quickly away from him? Not because your conscience did not whisper the truth, and tell you that temperance principles promote the interest of souls, but because you preferred the ministrations of those who, “walking in the spirit of falsehood, do lie, saying, I will prophesy to thee of wine and strong drink: he shall even be the prophet of this people” (see Micah ii. 11). Continue reading “Phoebe Palmer: Alcohol ‘This evil in the church’”

Presbyterian Church vs Alcohol

See also: Bible says be sober again and again.

Total Abstinence: Free Presbyterian Church, Ireland

standard of abstinence on our church members… By abstaining we express our liberty, purity, testimony, and community… Our standards … tell the weakest saint among us that we care enough for him to banish even the possibility of our causing him to stumble.

Separated Unto the Gospel: Abstinence, Free Presbyterian Church

Total Abstinence: Bible Presbyterian Church, USA

Practical Separation is grounded in, flows from, and is impossible apart from, Ecclesiastical Separation (II Cor. 7:1). This means that we believe Christians should lead holy lives of moral purity, separated from worldly activities that stimulate the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (I John 2:15-17). Because certain things clearly defile the body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit, it has historically been, and continues to be, our strong conviction that the drinking of beverage alcohol, and the use of tobacco in any of its forms is sin.

What We Believe – A Summary, Bible Presbyterian Church

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Danger: Reduced Abilities LONG AFTER Drinking

‘Researchers found that people with hangovers posed a danger to themselves and others long after their blood alcohol levels had returned to normal. Reduced cognitive abilities hampered routine day-to-day activities such as driving or office work.’

David Morgan, 2000, ‘Study: Light-to-Moderate Drinkers Hurting Selves, Society’, ‘Hangovers Cost $148B a Year’, Reuters.

‘87%’ alcohol problems

‘…Fifty-four percent of all alcohol-related problems in the workplace are caused by light drinkers, and 87% are caused by light-to-moderate drinkers.’

Dr. Jeffrey G. Wiese, Dr. Michael G. Shlipak, Dr. Warren S. Browner, 6 Jun. 2000, ‘The Alcohol Hangover’, Annals of Internal Medicine, Vol. 132 No. 11, pp. 897-902, American College of Physicians.

Kava drinking: serving a holy God yet practising a dirty habit

Kava: the drug ruining the Pacific

The drug has been introduced to Australia – as if Australia did not already have enough problems from alcohol and other drugs.

Kava: psychotic effect clouds judgement

  • People ignore kava’s horrid taste, and unfortunately drink it for the sake of its psychotic effect. The drug reduces inhibitions and clouds judgement.
  • It is sedative, relaxes the muscles, slurs speech, and causes the mouth and throat to become numb. The kava-drinker becomes dizzy or unable to stand up.
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Some ancient wines not even mildly intoxicating. Others were intoxicating.

Firstly: nobody is disputing that alcoholic wines existed (but non-fortified). Yet here is some of the evidence why anybody who wished to avoid all alcoholic wine was able to avoid this type in Biblical times.

…the Roman writer Cato, in his treatise On Agriculture, gave this prescription: ‘If you wish to keep new wine sweet the whole year round, put new wine in a jar, cover the stopper with pitch, place the jar in a fishpond, take it out after the thirtieth day; you will have sweet wine all the year round.’ The ancients knew if somebody wanted to get intoxicated, then the sweetest wines were very unsuitable.

Cato, On Agriculture, Section 120.

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