Proverbs 23:29-35 (NLT)
29Who has anguish? Who has sorrow? Who is always fighting? Who is always
complaining? Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? 30It is the
one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new drinks. 31Don't let
the sparkle and smooth taste of wine deceive you. 32For in the end it bites
like a poisonous serpent; it stings like a viper. 33You will see
hallucinations, and you will say crazy things. 34You will stagger like a sailor
tossed at sea, clinging to a swaying mast. 35And you will say, "They hit me,
but I didn't feel it. I didn't even know it when they beat me up. When will I
wake up so I can have another drink?"

The wisdom of Solomon spoken through the words of proverbs in regards to
drinking alcohol. He speaks of the effects it has on the body when a person
over indulges. And he talks about the long term affects of the addiction. It's
not a pleasant drink as first thought, but one that is like a deadly snake
lingering to kill the person who takes it.

What Solomon doesn't talk about is the effect alcohol has on many families.
There are families this Christmas who are celebrating without loved ones
because someone drove under the influence and killed someone dear to them. Or
there are families without husbands or wives present because their addictions
have caused them to go down the wrong road due to their alcohol use. If you
know someone who has an alcohol addiction or maybe you are struggling yourself
do what it takes to get help. Pray that God would intervene and provide help.
Pray for deliverance that another person can be turned from an addiction that
ruins families and tears down a person. May Jesus Christ repair, rebuilt and
strengthen those in need. Amen