Watch this excellent BBC program on the affects of alcohol addiction and you’ll be surprised by how strikingly similar are the negative effects of alcohol to the grips of sin on us.
BBC Horizon – Do I Drink Too Much?
Alcohol is by far the most widely used drug – and a dangerous one at that. So why are so many of us drinking over the recommended limits?
Why does alcohol have such a powerful grip on us? How much of our relationship with this drug is written in our genes? What are the real dangers of our children drinking too young?
Addiction expert John Marsden, who likes a drink, makes a professional and personal exploration of our relationship with alcohol. He undergoes physical and neurological examinations to determine its impact, and finds out why some people will find it much harder than others to resist alcohol. Even at the age of 14 there may be a way of determining which healthy children will turn into addicts.
John experiments with a designer drug being developed that hopes to replicate all the benefits of alcohol without the dangers. Could this drug replace alcohol in the future?
What I am perplexed about is that I know far more than a handful number of Christians (and very committed ones too) who admit that they “love” drinking and really enjoy that “buzz”. Not just drinking occasionally, but almost habitually. I personally like the slight sedating effect when I have a pint of beer or two, but I dislike that tipsy feeling that starts to make me feel disoriented and out of control.
Now how does the habit of drinking relate to the Christian life? Where do you draw the line between moderate use and unconscious addiction? Is the habitual use of alcohol comparable to the use of drugs? Is there a difference or not?
How do we make sense of the use of alcohol in the Bible? What about the biblical imagery of having an abundant flow of wine in the eschatological kingdom? All of this remains an interesting area for investigation and debate.