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The Spiritual Roots of Alcoholism

Isn’t it interesting to notice that when the human race gets into trouble it involves eating and drinking.  For Adam and Eve possibly an apple (many in the Middle East believe the fruit was an apricot) {Gen 3:6} and for Noah {Gen 9:20-21} it involved new wine.  So it should not surprise us that statisticians believe 95% of all families must face alcoholism at some point.  That seems dangerously close to the 3-5% plus or minus rule which means probably every single family faces this issue.

Every family faces alcohol abuse

However, even that is a false notion since the spiritual roots of alcoholism are evident even in the driest of families; abstinence has no appreciable effect on the spiritual problems that erupt into overindulgence or drowning one’s sorrows in booze.  Certainly food and drink are required for human life, always available, and generally cheap.  That is the perfect medium for temptation.  And as far as God’s law is concerned, there are no demands that people not drink wine.

Church rules to the contrary came out of political situations, primarily after the American Civil War which produced excess drinking in Southern survivors.  Our religious model, Jesus even produced huge vats of it for a local wedding party.

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