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The Problem with Alcohol

Drinking History

A person’s drinking history refers to when his or her drinking began, how it developed and when it became clear their drinking was problematical. Over half (56%) of our Stauros fellowship began drinking before they were 15 years old, indeed over one quarter (26%) began drinking before they were 12 years old. The majority (82%) began drinking before they reached 18 years of age. By the time people realize they have an issue with alcohol over half (55%) were drinking every day, and over one third (37%) were drinking to excess once or twice per week. It must be made clear, however, that having an issue with alcohol is not always obvious purely on the basis of how often people drink. Some individuals may have an issue with alcohol and only drink occasionally, but when they do, they seem powerless to stop! People use a variety of terms to describe their drinking history. For example, some talk of problem drinking. Problem drinkers may use alcohol to take away emotional pain, or block out unhappy memories. They drink until they are drunk and they drink to excess regularly. Heavy drinkers drink more alcohol than is healthy for them. The government guidelines for alcohol consummation is that men and women should not regularly drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week.
Prayer Pointers
Pray for children and young people who experiment with alcohol, that churches or other youth organizations will reach out to them. Pray for people who drink every day, that the cycle of their self destruction might be broken.
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