According to a recently released study, alcohol use has been directly linked as a major contributing cause to seven forms of cancer:
- female breast.
The study also found that the health risks out-weigh any of the touted health-benefits of drinking alcohol…I’ve been telling people for years, who claim to drink for the health benefits, to drink grape juice and they’d reap the benefits that they’re looking to gain. You don’t need the alcohol component in and of itself for any physiological benefits.
While I sincerely appreciate the gravity and soberness and awareness that the report is trying to create in our culture when it comes to the dangers of using alcohol, I believe the story (which was meant to look at the relationship between alcohol and cancer in the human body mind you) missed seven other major societal cancers that alcohol has also been directly linked to as a major contributing cause:
- destruction of family bonds
- marital infidelity
- financial ruin
- mental instability
- fetal endangerment
- trouble with law enforcement
- the loss of one’s soul.
No “formal study” has to be completed for me to know about the truthfulness of the above list. I’ve seen these listed items, amongst many others, played out in the lives of my family and friends. So to me it comes as no surprise that alcohol is as dangerous to the human body as it is to our heart, our mind, our soul and our society.
“Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who linger long at the wine, those who go in search of mixed wine. Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it swirls around smoothly; at the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper. Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart will utter perverse things. Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying: “They have struck me, but I was not hurt; they have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?”” (Proverbs 23:29-35)