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Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

For the Diggers: Don’t be Deceived about Alcohol

I had planned to write about something else today. Due to the discussion in our Digging Deep group about social drinking, I’d like to recommend an audio in this blog forum today, instead. There are some who have already posted some excellent resources in that discussion. “What the Bible Says about Drinking” by Don Blackwell is something you can rely on to help make your decisions, particularly the word studies he has exposited therein.

Because this subject is so very timely and because the horrific results of drinking have touched your family in some way, I want to strongly recommend that you take the time to listen to this short audio:

For the life of me, I cannot understand the reasoning behind any Christian wanting to have any part of one of the deadliest games people play in America today. When I look around and see the devastation caused by alcoholics— people who never, ever intended to become such—I am just amazed that any Christian could think social drinking is a good idea for God’s people. 

I hope that you will listen. It’s important. I hope that you will keep Romans 12:2 in your heart as you do. The fact that the world is peddling a neatly packaged, yet very deceiving and damaging lie, should have nothing to do with my decision about whether or not I will have a glass of wine. 

Finally, I’d like to tell you that I have spent time with a faithful Christian widow. She was not an aged woman when her husband died. Her husband died the painful and agonizing death of an alcoholic. His decision, one day, was simply to have one glass of wine daily with his dinner. There are those today in his family who have followed in his footsteps and the devastation continues. 

And the worst part of the story is that similar scenarios replay themselves over and over in the society in which we live. No one intends to have a drinking problem. 

Wine is a mocker. Strong drink is raging, and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise (Prov. 20:1).

Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds. (Romans 12:2)

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Grape Juice: Cheers!

Today’s post is about the “one-glass-of-wine-a day-is-good-for-you” postulation that keeps resurfacing in my “question box”. Is it true that Christians can and maybe even should drink a glass of wine each day for cardiovascular benefits? Consider the following article by Brian Fung as presented in It’s scientific and it’s compelling.

I have a dear friend whose husband’s doctor advised him several years ago to have one glass of wine each evening with dinner. My dear friend is now a widow who lost her husband to alcoholism; alcoholism which began at the dinner table each night with one glass of wine as per doctor’s orders.

This article is not about social drinking. That’s for another time. This article is about whether or not a glass of red wine each day has any health benefits. At the last he was “bitten” and “stung”.  So was she. In fact, they are both still hurting.

Here the Holy Spirit comments and then the article is yours:

Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his color in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
Proverbs 23:31,32


Study: Red Wine Is Healthier When It’s Non-Alcoholic (Sorry)

Brian Fung | Sep 10, 2012

Research suggests the alcohol in red wine may actually be impeding the antioxidants’ cardiovascular benefits. 

PROBLEM: Drinking red wine in moderation has been shown to ward off heart disease, and many have latched onto the research as an excuse to indulge a little bit, or a lot. But where does alcohol factor into the benefits?

METHODOLOGY: Researchers at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona instructed 67 men to drink either 10 ounces of red wine, 10 ounces of non-alcoholic red wine, or 3 ounces of gin every day for four weeks. At the end of the four weeks, each subject rotated to a different drink and repeated the process before switching again such that by the end of the study, all 67 men had been observed consuming all three drinks. Each study participant had either diabetes or at least three of the following risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, a family history of heart disease, excessive weight or obesity, or smoking.

RESULTS: The non-alcoholic red wine was associated with a significant decrease in blood pressure, lowering heart disease risk by 14 percent and the risk of stroke by 20 percent. The alcoholic red wine, however, did not appear to have such effects.

CONCLUSION: Even though alcoholic and non-alcoholic red wine contain the same amount of heart-healthy antioxidants, the alcohol may be blocking the polyphenols from doing their protective work. Non-alcoholic red wine may therefore be more effective at protecting the heart.

IMPLICATION: Pairing antioxidants with alcohol appears counterproductive. If you were drinking red wine for the cardiovascular benefits, consider switching to non-alcoholic wine, or any of the multitude of other ways to get antioxidants.

SOURCE: The full study, “Dealcoholized Red Wine Decreases Systolic and Diastolic Blood Pressure and Increases Plasma Nitric Oxide,” is published in the journal Circulation Research.