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Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 10:41:17 -0200
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COLUMN: REALITY CHECK

Watch Out for When It Kicks
  by Stan Mitchell

   "Do not look at wine when it is red, when
   it sparkles in the cup and goes down
   smoothly. In the end it bites like a
   serpent and stings like an adder"
   (Proverbs 23:31,32 ESV).

The lure of alcohol is undeniable. It "sparkles in the
cup" and "goes down smoothly." It would be foolish to
pretend that there aren't pleasures associated with
drinking it, so the Wise Man of Proverbs uses another
tactic. Though there are pleasures to drinking, there
is a sudden reality check, too. "In the end it bites
like a snake," he points out, "and poisons like a
viper."

"Your eyes will see strange things" (like pink
elephants, perhaps?). "You will be like one sleeping
on the high seas, on top of the rigging."

The writer uses humor to dispel the notion (ancient
and modern) that the drunk is sophisticated and cool. 
Instead, he points out the indignities of this
supposedly suave hero in his drunken, sodden state.

This is pretty shrewd psychology; tell a young person
that alcohol is forbidden, and you may heighten his
curiosity to try the forbidden fruit; explain how
silly the drunk looks, and most young people will
avoid looking foolish at all costs!

Young people, if you're looking for a mentor and a
wise influence in your life, it's most unlikely that
he will be sitting at a bar with a Bud Lite in his
hand!

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