Today’s Illustration: How Some Have Lost 30 Years Of Their Life & MORE!

What: Alcohol-Related Deaths

  •  “85.6 percent of people ages 18 and older reported that they drank alcohol at some point in their lifetime.” [1]
  • alcohol related deaths per year in the United States have risen dramatically since the early 2000s, and reached a 35-year high in 2014″ [2]
  • “From 2006-2010, excessive alcohol use in the US accounted for 88,000 deaths per year, and shortened the lives of those who died by approximately 30 years.” [2]
  • “In 2019, 25.8 percent of people ages 18 and older. . .  reported that they engaged in binge drinking in the past month,” [1]
  • “People Ages 12 and OlderAccording to the 2019 NSDUH, 14.5 million . . .  people ages 12 and older . . . . had AUD (Alcohol Use Disorder).” [1]
  • “Alcohol contributes to about 18.5 percent of ED (ER visits and Deaths).” [1]
  • “In 2019, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 10,142 deaths (28.0 percent of overall driving fatalities).” [1]
  • “1,519 college students ages 18 to 24 . . .  died from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes.” [1]
  • “A majority of sexual assaults in college involve alcohol or other substances.” [1]
  • “1–5 percent of first-grade children have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.” [1]
  • “Among all cirrhosis deaths in 2015, 49.5 percent were alcohol related. . . . 76.8 percent among persons ages 25 to 34, followed by persons ages 35 to 44, at 72.7 percent.” [1]
  • CDC report numbers are based on the death certificates for those over 16, where alcohol was the underlying or contributing cause.
  • The alcohol-related deaths affect all age groups.
  • 2019: Alcohol-related Deaths — 78,927
  • 2020: Alcohol-related Deaths — 99,017
  • 25% increase in alcohol-related deaths during the first year of Covid-19

Key Illustrative Thoughts:

  • temptation
  • peer pressure
  • Christian liberty
  • risk
  • alcohol
  • temperance
  • death / dying
  • funerals
  • worry / anxiety
  • bondage
  • freedom
  • sins of the flesh
  • addiction
  • drunkards / alcoholics
  • alcoholism
  • vice / not virtue

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Sermonic Example:

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. . . . “Jesus drank alcohol,” are the words you will hear spoken by those who would justify drinking alcohol today. 

What is not said, and often not known, is that distillation of alcohol was not invented until the 4th or 5th century — depending on who you credit with the process. [3] While the distillation of water was already known by 500 BC, not so with alcohol.  Until then, there was no such thing as “30, 50 or 90 proof.”



1. — https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/alcohol-facts-and-statistics

2. — https://addictedtoalcohol.com/information/alcohol-related-deaths-year/

3. –https://vinepair.com/spirits-101/history-of-distilling/

https://www.whiskeystill.net/blogs/whiskey-still-co-blog/16341160-the-distillation-of-alcohol-a-brief-history

“Brian Houston has resigned as Hillsong Global Senior Pastor after an internal investigation found he acted inappropriately toward two women.. . . . The church said Houston had been “drinking with a group” and also was on anti-anxiety medication at the time.”

https://julieroys.com/brian-houston-resigns-after-misconduct-investigation/

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