Alcohol

Hooray for Georgia Christian Coalition

2011 marks the 60th year of my pastoral ministry.  I am privileged to serve as Senior Pastor of the University Worship Center, Shreveport, Louisiana. During my years as pastor, there has been one social problem that stands beyond all the others - the alcohol problem.

I have been to the grave sites of people who have died of alcoholism; perished in automobile accidents due to someone's drinking; succumbed to grief and depression; died having been battered to death; and suicide. The cost of this problem is incalculable from every standpoint.

Four percent of all deaths worldwide are caused by alcohol. According to the World Health Organization approximately 2.5 million people die from alcohol related causes. It reports that "The harmful use of alcohol is especially fatal for younger age groups and is the leading risk factor of death among males aged 15 - 59. It is a causal factor in 60 types of diseases and injuries. Its consumption has been linked to cirrhosis of the liver, epilepsy, poisonings, road traffic accidents, violence, and several types of cancer, including cancers of the colorectum, breast, larynx and liver."

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