Sunday alcohol sales will unleash a demon that could be bound

Published 9:27pm Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dear Editor,

I truly cannot understand why anyone would want to unleash a “demon” on the people of Selma. Not when this demon could be bound up for one day a week. Is not six days of pain and suffering bad enough? Is alcohol really a drug? Yes it is. What exactly is it?

Alcohol is a depressant derived from the natural fermentation of fruits, vegetables and grains. These are brewed and distilled into a wide range of beverages with various alcohol contents and know by many different names. Is there any risk in drinking alcohol?

You may hear that it will loosen you up and help you to relax. What you will not hear, most of the time, is that it can damage the part of your brain that controls coordination, memory, judgment and decision making.

Proven fact: drinking makes you dumber. You may slur your words and lose coordination, and your reactions will become slower. Individual impairment varies among consumers but even in small amounts, alcohol has a definite effect. If you drink a lot and drink fast (binge drinking) you really put yourself in danger.

With binge drinking, the depressant (or dumbing) effects of alcohol can overwhelm the body’s defenses. Unable to move and think clearly, you can do stupid, risky and reckless things that are unsafe, or even lethal. Each year, approximately 5,000 people under the age of 21, die as a result of underage drinking. This includes about 1,900 deaths from car accidents, 1,600 homicides, 300 suicides, and hundreds of other deaths due to accidents like falls, burns and drowning.

The personal tragedies, social consequences and economic costs associated with underage alcohol consumption in the United States are unacceptably high. Scientific research from the past few years indicates the potential for brain impairment in young adolescents, a discovery that adds to the long litany of adverse consequences of underage drinking that burden youth, their parents and the Nation.

Even the Federal Government is now deeply involved in the effort to prevent and reduce underage drinking. Nevertheless, underage drinking has remained a serious and persistent problem. We owe it to America’s youth to mount a greater, more sustained effort to protect them from the consequences and potential consequences of alcohol consumption.

By “we,” I mean the entire nation, government, schools, Churches, parents and friends. A national commitment to preventing and reducing underage drinking will require the involvement of everyone in government, those in the private sector, parents of underage youth who still exercise significant influence over their adolescent’s decisions to drink, and other adults who, in the final analysis, are the greatest source of alcohol for underage drinkers. The Nation cannot afford to underestimate the seriousness of the problem of underage alcohol consumption and its consequences. The truth of the matter is that almost everyone involved agrees that all the research and all the analyses show that: underage drinking is dangerous for youth and society, and nothing short of a national commitment to preventing and reducing underage drinking through increasing public awareness; reducing youthful demand, availability, and access to alcohol; and rigorous research will succeed.

Why open another avenue of access to purchasing alcoholic drinks by legalizing Sunday liquor sales?

There are about 75 reasons listed in the Bible that shows we should not drink.

I believe them all. Don’t drink, ever.

 

Ed Eaton

Pastor of Westwood Baptist Church

 

  • minniemouse

    @terry lewis. You are so right and I’m sorry if I offended you with my comments.everyone is has their rights.

    • Terry Lewis

      No problem,minnie. We should be able to discuss our views without it decending into name calling and shouting matches. You and the pastor make valid points about drunk driving and underage drinking,but that’s where personal and parental responsibilities come into play,and I happen to think that the vast majority of us are responsible people that know to stay home when we had to much to drink,and to teach our kids about the dangers of binge drinking and abuse. Whether it’s six or seven days a week doesn’t change that.

  • minniemouse

    How can some of you disrespects this pastor like this with your rude comments?AND WHERE IS THE GOD IN YOU?HE IS RIGHT WITH HIS COMMENTS AND WITH WHAT HE WRITES. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO ADD SOME OF YOU MAY NOT HAVE HAD A LOVE ONE KILL BY A DRUNK DRIVER.or been in an accident cause by a drunk driver,All he is saying that at least one day out of the week we should be able to go about our father business.Now tell me how can you compare selma with the larger city that allows the sell of SIN on sunday.we are small city and we lived where everybody knows your name.where its more likey be cause of its size that you would run into a drunk drivers more easier than if the city was bigger and spreaded out more.Ithink that the pastor is doing what god hired him to do and that to peach right and wrong this is not his law but god law.Say what you may about my comments.I do not care.it will not change me at all.I’M JUST SAYING

    • Terry Lewis

      This is about personal freedom,minniemouse.There was no disrespect or personal attack in my statement,I haven’t lost a loved one to a drunk driver, but that’s why there are laws against driving drunk
      and adding Sunday sales isn’t going to change anything. It’s called TOLERANCE you might not accept what others do–in this case drinking– but you have to learn to live with those that want to have a drink on Sunday…responsibly and moderately of course.

  • Terry Lewis

    I’m with you,Sticks. The demons haven’t descended upon Montgomery,Pratville or any of the other counties and cities that have Sunday beer sales. It puzzles me why these people are so concerned about what others are doing. Sweep around your own front door!

  • Sticks

    Go exercise your demons somewhere else old man. Face it; we are voting Sunday sales IN and all you can do is watch. Preaching is fine, but preach to your congregation and stop trying to dictate what other citizens choose to do during their Sunday afternoons. You’re one of the reasons more than two thirds of our country laughs at “the south’s” backward ways. 2013 is right around the corner, wake up…

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