The Doctor gets to hear a lot about the evils of teenage drinking. So do most teens, it seems. For instance, did you know that two-thirds of U.S. High School students take a health class that usually covers the effects of alcohol and six of the largest alcohol-education groups claim to reach a total of 43 million students in kindergarten through 12th grade? (1)
So if this is true, then why are so many teens still tanking up at weekend keg parties and sneaking into “21 and over” clubs with fake ID’s? Why did the Reuters news agency report that “nearly half of all US college students are binge drinkers and on some campuses, the rate may be as high as 70%”? (2) Well, before you try answering those questions, try answering a few of these alcohol related questions…
- What is a “drink”?
- How many drinks per week make a “heavy drinker”?
- What do teenagers drink most often?
- Who gets drunk faster- males or females?
- True or False- alcohol can stunt your growth.
Everybody aced those questions, right? Well in case you didn’t, here are the answers courtesy of USA Today magazine (1) …
- A “drink” is defined as 1.5 ounces (44 ml) of liquor, 5 ounces (148 ml) of wine, or 12 ounces (355 ml) of beer (which is your standard can or bottle here in the U.S.)
- A “heavy drinker” is anyone who regularly consumes more than four drinks per day or more than 20 a week. If you’re keeping score, that would amount to slightly less than one case of beer a week
- Beer. Each year American teenagers consume 1.1 billion brewskis. This represents 2% of all the beer sold in the USA.
- Females generally become drunk faster than males. Because women are generally smaller than guys, it takes less alcohol to cause drunkenness in females. In addition, studies show that women maintain lower levels of dehydrogenase, an enzyme that helps break down alcohol.
- True. Alcohol can change the way nutrients are absorbed, stored and used by youth bodies.
Not surprisingly, the Bible has a lot to say on the subject of alcohol and here’s some of what God’s Word has to say concerning drinking and drunkenness. No long sermons this month- just some straight talk from God’s Word. Check it out…
On The Lifestyle Of The Heavy Drinker
Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper. Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine confusing things. You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging. “They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt! They beat me, but I don’t feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?” (NIV).
On Drinking Parties
On The Sexual Immorality That Can Go Along With Drinking
On Those Who Drink Throughout The Day
On God’s People Who Give Themselves Over To Drunkenness
On The Future Of Those Who Continue To Abuse Alcohol
The Bible’s Advice To You Concerning Alcohol Abuse
Remember, real life is not the way that you see it portrayed in beer commercials. You’ll never see anyone throwing up in the ladies room or being arrested after a traffic accident or getting into a drunken brawl in a beer commercial. But all these things (and more) often happen in real life. You would be wise to carefully consider the Bible’s advice on alcohol before that next party.
(1) USA Weekend magazine August 12-14 1994
(2) Reuters, Study Finds Binge Drinking On Campuses 6 Dec 94