Book: Proverbs 23
“Who has anguish? Who has sorrow? Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining? Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new drinks.”
Here is a proverb warning about drinking too much alcohol and trying to find fulfillment in it (or hide from reality with it). If consuming alcohol, or any other substance, detrimentally alters your state of mind then it is wise to stop and get help before it destroys you. Denial and excuses do not help the situation.
One thing I have noticed about intoxicated people is they often try to make others believe that they are not. The reality is everyone knows that they are intoxicated. The person under the influence of a substance does not realize that they are functioning differently. They often wrongly believe that they are functioning just like they would be when they are sober.
In this proverb, the last line speaks about an alcoholic spending long hours in the pub trying out new drinks. Notice the focus is on the drink. Have you ever heard someone say, “I am going to have just one more drink” or “one for the road”. This person may be struggling with an addiction and needs help.
Recently I heard of a person who had gotten to know a few people. He noticed that they would spend from mid-morning through to the evening in a pub so he decided to help them. If he could meet them for coffee mid-morning and talk to them, often they would not get into the pub that day. If he knew they were in the pub he would go into where they were, talk with them and help them get out of there. He did not want to see them waste their life away drinking hour after hour. He tried to get them involved in other activities but it was tough. When they found themselves in trouble or sick this man would go to visit them and show God’s love to them. This impacted them because their drinking buddies did not come to see them when they were down and out.
If alcohol or some other substance is affecting you, thereby hurting your family and friends, please get help. Wisdom would say, stop and seek out the help you need. If you know of someone that is struggling with an addiction encourage them to get help and be the friend that challenges them to make a change.