So I’ve recently turned 21 this past May. Ever since I’ve hit that milestone, people have asked me what my convictions about alcohol are.
Here are 21 reasons why this 21 year old will never drink. (Since there are so many reasons, we’ll fly through them)
1. The Bible says NO.
This is the number one reason for a reason. It’s irrefutable and cannot be argued with. If you argue with this one, you’re not arguing with me, you’re arguing with God. (1 Peter 4:3, Ephesians 5:18, Proverbs 20:1, Isaiah 5:22)
2. It has a massively negative affect on families.
When Mom and/or Dad is coming home drunk, you can bet your bottom dollar that it’s going to have an effect on the kids. Or did they spend the bottom dollar on a beer?
I’ve had too many friends come crying to me about their drinking parents to NOT believe that this is a problem. A massive one.
3. It’s bad for your health.
DUH! Everyone knows this one. Your liver will thank you if you choose to be sober.
4. Stranger Danger!
The types of people at the bars, from what I’ve heard from reliable sources, are not the same types of people you see on a beer commercial. Usually the commercials have extremely good looking, high class, successful looking people. LIES. The type of people in the bars don’t care one wit about you or what happens to you. And they probably aren’t cute.
5. Drinking is a bad testimony.
I don’t care who tells you it’s okay. If you’re out drinking and partying, the lost world is not going to listen to your “freedom” excuse. They are going to see that you look just as pitiful as they do. So why would they choose to be a christian when they can have just as much fun and NOT convert?
6. Hangovers… No Thanks…
I don’t really think this needs an explanation!
7. It doesn’t even taste good.
Some of my family and family’s friends used to drink, so I’ve been around beer before at 4th of July and what-not. Let’s just say that when I was little, the beer looked suspiciously like lemonade in someone’s abandoned solo cup. It was NOT LEMONADE. Naaaasty.
8. It can interfere with your obligations.
If you have a job and you’re late all the time because of your weekend hangover… That is no bueno. Your boss isn’t going to care how funny it was when Pablo jumped onto a table and did the whip. But you’ll probably care when you’re unemployed and can’t support your habit anymore.
9. Alcohol is extremely addictive.
I choose not to be under any influence that can be considered addictive. Now, some things, like my phone, I HAVE to have. But I don’t have to drink alcohol, so I won’t.
10. Alcohol affects your mental state.
That should scare you! If you’re not 100% in control of your own actions (and your not getting your wisdom teeth removed) you should be afraid. VERY AFRAID. “Here Satan! Want to have control of my body for the rest of the night?” Nah, I’m good! I’ll stay home and watch HGTV while y’all go try to convince yourself that you’re not a hot mess fixer upper after demo day.
11. Drinking gives people the impression that you’re basically untrustworthy.
Who KNOWS what on earth you’ll be doing while your drinking and then possibly drunk. How are people supposed to trust you if they can’t even trust you not to drink irresponsibly. Basically, if you drink at all, you have the potential to take it too far. Which is a risk I don’t really want to take with my testimony. I want to be 100% trustworthy. Not, “Oh yeah I’m trustworthy. Except I drink, so I have a huge potential to destroy that trust at any point.” Even lost people don’t trust a drunk.
12. Alcohol is a giant waste of $$$!!!
Your bank account has been trying to tell you this for a while. You’re drinking your money and then throwing it up the next morning.
13. DRUNK DRIVING.
It’s not worth it. The family in the car next to you or across the intersection is worth more than your pleasure. Don’t be selfish. Not much makes me angrier than when I hear about innocent people killed by a drunk driver. It’s sick and it happens almost every day. Let’s be the generation then ends drunk driving by nipping it in the bud: stop drinking!
Alcohol and depression go hand in hand. Depression can lead you to drink or drinking can lead you to depression. I don’t really want to be depressed.
15. Alcohol can affect your weight.
Did you know that drinking can make you fat? Yup. Beer Belly. Not healthy. Not cute.
16. Drinking can cause cancer.
Think about it. You’re tearing up your body. Here’s what Cancer.gov has to say about it:
“Researchers have identified multiple ways that alcohol may increase the risk of cancer, including:
1. Metabolizing (breaking down) ethanol in alcoholic drinks to acetaldehyde, which is a toxic chemical and a probable human carcinogen; acetaldehyde can damage both DNA(the genetic material that makes up genes) and proteins,
2. Generating reactive oxygen species (chemically reactive molecules that contain oxygen), which can damage DNA, proteins, and lipids (fats) through a process called oxidation.
3. Impairing the body’s ability to break down and absorb a variety of nutrients that may be associated with cancer risk, including vitamin A; nutrients in the vitamin B complex, such as folate; vitamin C; vitamin D; vitamin E; and carotenoids,
4. Increasing blood levels of estrogen, a sex hormone linked to the risk of breast cancer. Alcoholic beverages may also contain a variety of carcinogenic contaminants that are introduced during fermentation and production, such as nitrosamines, asbestos fibers, phenols, and hydrocarbons.”
I DON’T WANT CANCER. Therefore, I DON’T DRINK.
17. Alcohol can cause diabetes.
According to http://www.drinkaware.co.uk,
“Heavy drinking can reduce the body’s sensitivity to insulin, which can trigger type 2 diabetes.”
They also state, “Alcohol contains a huge amount of calories- One pint of lager can be equivalent to a slice of pizza. So drinking can also increase your chance of becoming overweight and your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.”
I DON’T WANT DIABETES. Therefore, I DON’T DRINK.
18. You can’t drink when your pregnant.
I plan on having a family some day. I don’t want to develop a habit that will hurt my babies. My future children are more important than a cocktail.
19. Drinking can lead to “drinking buddies”.
Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.
20. A little leads to a lot.
I don’t care if you only drink “a little every now and then”. A little goes a long way and can lead to an addiction. Addiction starts small and then grows out of control.
21. Sin leads to more sin.
Chances are, if you’re a drinker, that’s probably not your only woe. Giving in to the first sin leads to the next sin, which leads you down a path you don’t want to go down.
“Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.”
I like what Proverbs 23:29-35 says about drinking because it’s SOOOO accurate.
“Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.
Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.
Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt itnot: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.”
I’ve made my choice and now you know why. Maybe I’ll start referring people to this post when they ask me why I don’t drink! haha.
If you drink, I’m not here to call you out and make you feel like a horrible person. You can quit with God’s help and with the proper motivation. If God’s word isn’t motivation enough, I can’t help you and you certainly can’t help yourself.
What’s your choice? What do you think about alcohol? More importantly, what do you think about what GOD has to say about alcohol? Comment below all the flaws you see in my argument. Also, I’d love to hear all the verses that you think contradict the ones I’ve used. The Bible doesn’t contradict itself folks.
FUN FACT: Wine in the bible does not refer to the same kind of wine people drink today. The wine that they drank back in those days had such a low alcoholic content, that today it would not even be considered an alcoholic beverage. It had just enough alcohol or fermentation to have medicinal value. “Strong drink” was their heavier alcohol, and even that is hardly considered alcoholic by today’s standards.