SOURCE: Vision Media Productions

December 11, 2007 03:00 ET

Health Care Issue: Is Alcohol a Healer or a Devil's Delight?

Vision Media Examines This Social Issue in the Light of Religion & the Bible

PASADENA, CA--(Marketwire - December 11, 2007) - When the heart starts racing and there is shortness of breath a family holiday celebration can become a holiday nightmare. Too much beer, wine or hard liquor can create what is called Holiday Heart Syndrome and an unwanted visit to the Emergency Room, says a recent large-scale study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. They link this healthcare issue to heavier than normal alcohol consumption over the holiday period.

"The Old Testament warns repeatedly of the dangers of drinking to excess," say Alice and Duane Abler, writers for Vision Media. "Yet we learn from the same book that a little wine is good socially and physiologically, and is prescribed for those with 'heavy hearts' (Proverbs 31:6) as it 'makes the heart merry.' Wine was an expected, healthy part of a normal diet in that society and culture, along with grain, bread, fruit, honey, meat, milk and olive oil.

There is ample evidence that alcoholic beverages, especially red wine, can be credited with health benefits. A new study from Harvard Medical School attempted to turn resveratrol, the key ingredient in red wine, into a pill, bypassing the 'holiday spirit' altogether.

The social issue is where to draw the line. Society and culture play a part. We find different age limits proscribed by countries around the world for alcohol consumption. In Russia, Egypt and USA children may not consume alcohol until 21 years of age. In Mexico, New Zealand and Portugal they may drink at 18 years. In Spain and Italy they can drink at 16 years. Yet in Greece, Turkey and Israel there are no limits at all! In almost all countries children may not purchase liquor unless accompanied by an adult.

The Vision Media writers examine the Bible for further guidance on this social issue. "Early in the New Testament, there is a strong vote of confidence for the consumption of alcohol: Jesus Christ took the trouble to change water into noticeably fine wine for a wedding feast. (John 2: 3-10)."

The lessons about alcohol found in the Bible are reinforced by medical studies done thousands of years later. The U.S. National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that moderate drinkers generally live longer, healthier lives than both heavy drinkers and nondrinkers! Both modern and Biblical sources agree: drinking alcohol in moderation can be beneficial, but overindulging can be a lethal health care issue.

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    Edwin Stepp
    www.vision.org
    Vision Media Productions
    476 S. Marengo Avenue
    Pasadena, CA 91101
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