Liquid Devil!

The Bible And The Bottle

By Dr. Hugh Pyle


II. Disorder for The Life

   "Whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise" (Proverb 20:1). Look again at Proverbs 23 and we find the drunkard, along with the glutton, coming to poverty (vs. 21) and the drowsiness that follows clothing a man with rags! We see the poor victim of alcohol with woe and sorrow, with contentions and babbling. Here, too, he gets his wounds without cause and his bleary red eyes (Proverb 23:29). Ultimately he finds that strong drink bites like a serpent and stings like an adder (vs. 32); that he is involved with strange women and is muttering perverse things which no man in his right mind would engage in (vs. 33). He staggers as if he were trying to stand on the top of a mast in the midst of the sea (vs. 34). He wakes up sick, beaten but with no remembrance of how it happened, and you will "seek it yet again" (Proverb 23:35).
   Are you sure you can afford the Liquid Devil?
   Two boys with whom I used to go to school in Tampa came out of a movie on Sunday afternoon. They had witnessed the drinking scenes for which old  Hollywood is famous. In the gathering darkness their automobile struck a lovely little curly-headed blond girl who had stepped down off the curbing ahead of her nursemaid. Blocks away the police caught up with the boys and found the dented fender, the broken head lamp, the tell-tale strands of blonde hair and the gory smear of red where the automobile struck that little girl! I have pictures of these boys to this day standing by that bloody broken head lamp as they were charged with manslaughter in the death of the little girl. Another score for the Liquid Devil!
   A businessman in my church recently pointed to a liquor store near his place of business and said, "One thing is sure, there is no contentment in that." He had watched the victims of sin go out with their booze in their misery. We're told that men who drink certain brands of booze are "men of distinction," but Abraham Lincoln said, "Liquor has no defense. Whether or not the world would be vastly benefited by total and final banishment from all intoxicating drinks, seems to be not an open question." Shakespeare cried, "Oh, thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil!"
   What disorder for the life strong drink brings. In a special report from the New York Times last year a survey of problem drinkers demonstrated the fact that it is realized by most people but ignored by some that heavy consumption of alcohol is harmful to health. Heavy drinkers were found to have a higher than-average rate of blood pressure, ulcers and cirrhosis of the liver. The survey was reported to the American Medical Association's annual convention by noted doctors. The details and statistics on high blood pressure, ulcers and cirrhosis were startling indeed but the report also stated that chronic diseases such as heart trouble, nephritis, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, gout, and neuritis also were more prevalent in the problem drinking group.
   Strong drink breeds crime, and jails of our nation are groaning with the victims of drink. Like the young woman in Pensacola who was arrested on charges of drunkenness, cursing, resisting arrest, vagrancy and loitering. Probably all these charges were brought about by strong drink where she was arrested at a Pensacola bar.
   Drink robs multitudes of time,--the time getting drunk and the time getting over it. Many man hours are lost on the job because of inefficiency caused by drinking. Booze creates a complete waste. Business hours are disabled. Money is wasted--millions of dollars because of drink. Then we spend millions more to maintain the courts to try the drunks who commit crimes, and other millions for their families who are on relief.
   Automobile insurance rates skyrocket because of the accidents and troubles caused by drink.
   Recently in our own county over $9,000,000 per year. The two thousand alcoholics in Bay County cost the county this much per year lost in time to industry, accidents, replacement and retraining programs.
   The national highway safety agency has stated that excessive drinking is involved in nearly half of the 53,000 highway deaths each year. For a horrible shock, take the 25,000 dead bodies caused by beer, wine and whiskey on the highways alone in America, multiply them by five and a half feet as a suggested average height. Stack them head to toe in your calculation up the highway from the city you live and you will be amazed to realize that you will still be passing dead bodies several counties away and probably in another state! This many killed by booze on the highway alone in America in one year!
   Far more deaths and broken homes are caused by strong drink than are caused by the war in Vietnam. It is said that twenty billion dollars are lost in the USA because of strong drink, and skid-row derelicts by the thousands are staggering along the sidewalks and gutters in our nation in utter wreckage and ruin,--all brought about because of that first can of beer or glass wine which was supposed to be "refreshing"!


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