“You drink too much,” I told them. At 16, it was one of the boldest things I ever said to my parents.
“We’re not drunks!” one of them retorted.
“How many of my friends’ parents have a refrigerator for a keg in their basement? NONE. You drink every night. A lot. Both of you,” I responded.
They looked at each other. “I’m not an alcoholic,” said my dad.
“I didn’t say you were. I just said you drink too much. Six beers a night, every night, is too many,” I replied.
And that was all it took.
They stopped drinking so much, but kept the frequency. Six beers Sunday through Thursday became two. Friday and Saturday’s excesses diminished as well. Before this abrupt change, I had never known if my parents were intoxicated because they managed to behave fairly well. However, I do remember noticing after a while, that they seemed to have more patience with me and each other.
There’s a section in Proverbs 31 that gets glossed over in lieu of our attention focusing on The Proverbs 31 Woman. It’s a section that speaks loudly to those of us that consume alcohol, and in true Biblical form, causes us to question what we want and what we’re accomplishing with our behavior, but it’s done gently.
Dare you to read Proverbs 31:4-9 today, and hear from Him on the matter.
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For what it’s worth, I don’t consider myself a big drinker, but have been known to consume wine or beer on occasion. From what I read in Scripture, celebrations are the main place to moderately consume alcohol. What I also know from my personal experience is that I can’t hear the Lord as clearly if I’ve had a glass or two of wine.
The absence of His presence and voice is awful.
Anyway, I’m thankful to be on the journey with you. Hope I don’t lose any readers because I said aloud that I consume alcohol. J
Love to you,