1st Thessalonians, chapter 5 verses 5 -10 (NKJV)
5) You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.
6) Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
7) For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.
8) But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.
9) For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
10) who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
An organization called the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism post this guideline on their public website and I quoted it here.
” If you are like many Americans, you drink alcohol at least occasionally. For many people, moderate drinking is probably safe. It may even have health benefits, including reducing your risk of certain heart problems. Moderate drinking is one drink a day for women or anyone over 65, and two drinks a day for men under 65.
Some people should not drink at all, including alcoholics, children, pregnant women, people on certain medicines and people with some medical conditions. If you have questions about whether it is safe for you to drink, speak with your healthcare provider.
Anything more than moderate drinking can be risky. Binge drinking – drinking five or more drinks at one time – can damage your health and increase your risk for accidents, injuries and assault. Years of heavy drinking can lead to liver disease, heart disease, cancer and pancreatitis. It can also cause problems at home, at work and with friends.”
There is more on their website to explore and it is a great place for factual information to get help if you or someone you know needs help with this very serious issue. You can find them at this website: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/alcohol.htm.
However, here locally in downtown Lorain, Ohio our ministry supports an alcohol and drug abuse group program called the Celtic Cross Chapter of A. A. The group meets this evening and every Thursday evening at 8:00 pm (EST) in the Cafeteria at the Lake View Plaza High Rise Apartment Building, located at 310 West 7th Street and Reid Ave. It is classified as an open meeting, so anyone can come. It is run by Deacon Arlen Glispy Jr. better known as Deacon AJ. There is plenty of parking and refreshments available for those that attend. The Group Motto is: ” A community of individuals helping individuals in our community”. Worth noting here is that it is every type of addiction problem that they aid folks with. Not just alcohol. Family, friends or someone who cares, can get the support they need to make a positive difference in someone’s life. Even if that life is your own. So come and let a community of individuals help you in our community.
Have a blessed day folks…
Bp. Andrew R. M. Manley DD., O.S.A., O.S.P.