Catholic Commute S01E17 6 Steps to Properly Use Alcohol

How to enjoy a drink, not only that night, but the next morning too

Alcohol is everywhere in our society, and I think men especially can find great comfort in its consumption.  Alcohol is not intrinsically bad, and there are definitely good ways to enjoy its use without causing problems.  Still, it can be abused without care.

In this episode I explore 6 steps to help you use alcohol in a way that you will still be able to enjoy the next morning.  If we don’t take care to be intentional in our choices, we can quickly become a victim.  The Bible is full of wisdom about how to use this particular creation of God.

Come along today as I explore the actions and statements of Our Lord, as well as historical tradition offered by the old testament.

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Episode 16: 6 steps to properly use alcohol

 

Last week was sex, this week is something that often leads to sex.  Still, it has it’s own set of dangers and rules.

    1. 1 Timothy 5:23 No longer drink only water, but take a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.

 

6 steps to properly use alcohol

  1. Moderation in all things
    1. Ephesians 5:18 Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit,
    2. Matthew 11:18-19 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; 19 the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”
  1. Know your limits
    1. Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
  2. Let it be for celebration, not sadness
    1. Jesus’s first miracle was the wine at Cana
    2. Matthew 26:29 I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
  3. Build a cut-off point
    1. Proverbs 23:29-35 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
    2.    Who has strife? Who has complaining?
    3. Who has wounds without cause?
    4.    Who has redness of eyes?
    5. 30 Those who linger late over wine,
    6.    those who keep trying mixed wines.
    7. 31 Do not look at wine when it is red,
    8.    when it sparkles in the cup
    9.    and goes down smoothly.
    10. 32 At the last it bites like a serpent,
    11.    and stings like an adder.
    12. 33 Your eyes will see strange things,
    13.    and your mind utter perverse things.
    14. 34 You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea,
    15.    like one who lies on the top of a mast.[a]
    16. 35 “They struck me,” you will say,[b] “but I was not hurt;
    17.    they beat me, but I did not feel it.
    18. When shall I awake?
    19.    I will seek another drink.”
  4. Do your review when sober
    1. 1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.
  5. There are times to just say no
    1. Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21 envy,[e] drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
    2. Proverbs 23:20-21 Do not be among winebibbers,
    3.    or among gluttonous eaters of meat;
    4. 21 for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
    5.    and drowsiness will clothe them with rags.
    6. Romans 14:21  it is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that makes your brother or sister[a] stumble

 

6 steps to properly use alcohol

  1. Moderation in all things
  2. Know your limits
  3. Let it be for celebration, not sadness
  4. Build a cut-off point
  5. Do your review when sober
  6. There are times to just say no

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