Wednesday, October 19, 2011

10 reasons to abstain from alcohol

Source: The National - Wednesday, October 19th 2011

HOW many alcohol-related incidents were reported since last week?
What about those in your neighbourhood?
I read the Townsville Bulletin online and almost everyday there were incidents where police charged people for committing crimes, including adults preying on others, when they were drunk.
In a case, some teenagers
were arrested because they were speeding in a stolen vehicle.
You can guess what sort of state they were in.
Here are 10 reasons for abstaining from alcohol.
1) It is unhealthy: The effects may be short-term and long-term. Pregnant women who drink jeo­pardise the mental and physical development of their child.
2) It tempers with your reasoning: Have you heard an intoxicated individual argue? The pro­bability of physical violence is also heightened when in that state – not to speak of the verbal assault that may already be flowing.
3) It may lead you to abuse other substances: Some youths are devi­sing their own concoctions with marijuana to find something stronger. (What a way to utilise their creativity?)
4) It is not part of our culture: Our ancestors did not drink alcohol.
5) It is not wise: A mother told a king in Proverbs 31.4-5: “It is not for kings to drink wine,
nor for princes strong drink; lest they drink and forget the law ...”
6) It is expensive:  Years ago some students said for a night out at a club they needed about K70 – for the entrance fee and drinks. I was shocked.  I was the tutor and K70 sustained me for at least a week but they will each blow that much in one night.
7) Your life affects many around you: Coming home drunk with noise disturbs the peace and quietness that others (peers, school children or workers) need – to be at their best the next day.
In fact, you do not res­pect others when you do that – you are selfish.
8) You drag the country’s progress: Damaged vehicles, power poles, curbs, buildings and other infrastructure cost companies and governments tens of millions of kina to repair or replace.
9) You are teaching children the wrong way to live: We teach children more from what we do – not what we say.
10) You may drink yourself to debt: I hear that many highly-educa­ted people who drink are in debt.
I urge you to abstain from alcohol. It is the most logical thing to do.

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