Bible+Theology, Culture

A Word to the Wise: About Alcohol

It’s no secret that drinking is at the heart of Wisconsin culture. Our state ranks among the top ten in the nation for alcohol consumption and can lay claim to around half of the country’s “drunkest” cities. Excessive drinking is common; in 2016, almost 30% of adults in Dane County reported binge or heavy drinking.

While there’s nothing inherently wrong with alcohol, it can slowly gain control over our lives without us noticing. Many people are being deceived when they claim not to have a drinking problem. It’s time to take a step back and ask ourselves: Are we being wise in the way we consume alcohol?

The first task is to figure out whether alcohol has a hold on us. This week, Pastor Chris challenged us all to choose 30 consecutive days to be alcohol-free as a way to prove that we aren’t caught under the sway of alcohol. Can you go 30 days without a drink?

Remember—we don’t want to shame anyone; we just want to live wisely and love each other. If you or a relative or friend finds this challenge to be more difficult than expected, don’t hesitate to reach out to people you trust and take advantage of the following resources.

Find support:

Madison Area Intergroup Central Office of Alcoholics Anonymous can give you information about Alcoholics Anonymous and get you connected with nearby AA groups.

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program for anyone struggling with addiction.

Al-Anon Family Groups provides support for people whose lives have been affected by a loved one’s drinking problem.

Finally, Blackhawk Care Ministry is here to support you with a variety of resources.

Learn more about alcohol abuse:

Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention FAQ.

Wisconsin Public Radio’s series High Tolerance covers various topics related to Wisconsin’s alcohol consumption.

In her memoir Sober Mercies: How Love Caught Up with a Christian Drunk, Heather Kopp shares her story of addiction and recovery and the ways in which her Christian background was the source of both challenges and hope as she rediscovered God along the rocky path to sobriety.