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Can anyone place a dollar value upon all the alcohol costs for our society - spiritual, emotional, mental, physical, and material? Why not?

The following stories illustrate the truths of the evil and dangerous consequences resulting from alcohol consumption.

What scriptural principles from the chart on the previous page apply to each of these examples?


    For an oral presentation to his class, Randy researched the effects of alcohol in accidental and intentional death in the United States. He was shocked by the statistics he found for a recent year.

Cause of Death Number of Deaths Percentage Caused by Alcohol Number Caused by Alcohol

Accidents:
-Motor Vehicle -Drowning
-Other
Murder
Suicide



16,650
2,090
5,576
5,038
4,747



60
69
50
86
68.6



9,990
1,442
2,788
4,332
3,261

TOTAL

34,101

68 (Average)

21,813


    After discovering these facts, he changed the theme of his speech to: "If something is proven to produce harmful effects, it must be avoided: Say 'No!' to drinking!"


    The Christian Union Herald reported the following regarding a recent fatal accident involving the lives of four young people:

      The evidence that the liquor was the culprit was found in the broken whisky bottles among the debris and mangled bodies of the four youthful victims. The father of one of the girls in frenzied anguish over the untimely death of his beautiful daughter threatened to kill the one who had provided the four young people with liquor, but upon going to the cupboard where he kept his supply of

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