PROTESTANTS CHURCHGOERS’ PERSPECTIVES ON ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
- February 6, 2019
How many times have you heard someone say “Let go and let God?” Now a cornerstone of sobriety recovery, this statement has been uttered by alcohol users across the United States, but, in reality, many people agree it can do wonders for everyone (even for those who don’t drink). However, even for devoted people who attend church to worship God, alcohol can still prove to be a major debate topic. As part of a recent study, Protestant churchgoers are strictly divided on the prospect of alcohol in the Bible, but overall consumption seems to be polarized. Let’s take a closer look at what this recent study confirmed about Protestant churchgoers’ perspectives on alcohol consumption.
A Mainstream Problem
Based on a recent study, Christians’ general perspectives on alcohol consumption have not changed much over the past 10 years. Back in 2007, researchers confirmed that 39% of people who belong to the Protestant faith consumed alcohol (in contrast to the 61% who do not drink). Meanwhile, in 2018, an additional study revealed that 41% of these same people indulge in alcohol, while 59% claim they don’t. As Scott McConnell (executive director of LifeWay Research) explains, the overall attitudes of Christians towards alcohol is pretty steady.
It’s All in the Big Book
So, when it comes to abstinence or indulgence, what does the Big Book have to say about alcohol? According to additional reports, Christian churchgoers are a slightly divided about this issue. Overall, an estimated 87% of Protestants (9 out 10 people) adamantly believe the Bible dictates that humans should never become intoxicated (a major contrast from 82% in 2007). However, in a complete reversal, only 23% of churchgoers believe the Scripture dictate principles for total abstinence, contrasting with 71% who completely disagree.
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
No matter what your beliefs may entail, each of us can agree that alcohol is a definite vice of the soul, which can wreak tremendous havoc on the mind, body, and spirit. After so long, this drug will begin to break alcoholics and alcohol abusers down, bit by bit, until they are shells of their former selves. Although people can consume small quantities of alcohol to prevent heart attacks and strokes, this substance is still a major risk in a bottle. Just remember, though, you can always find a way to get the help you need (if you know where to look).
Are you suffering from a severe case of alcohol abuse or alcoholism? Do you have a friend or a family member who is coping with one of these issues, as well? On both accounts, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
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