I was falsely accused of saying God was banning alcohol.  What I said was, “I am convinced God is calling those who would be excellent, and powerful in the Spirit, to stop drinking alcohol…including beer.”  I never said the Bible banned drinking.

But now—because of science–this has become is a health issue.  There is no safe level of alcohol consumption.

A large new global study published in the Lancet has confirmed previous research which has shown that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption.

The researchers admit moderate drinking may protect against heart disease but found that the risk of cancer and other diseases outweighs these protections.

A study author said its findings were the most significant to date because of the range of factors considered.

How risky is moderate drinking?

The Global Burden of Disease study looked at levels of alcohol use and its health effects in 195 countries, including the UK, between 1990 and 2016.

Analyzing data from 15 to 95-year-olds, the researchers compared people who did not drink at all with those who had one alcoholic drink a day.

They found that out of 100,000 non-drinkers, 914 would develop an alcohol-related health problem such as cancer or suffer an injury.

But an extra four people would be affected if they drank one alcoholic drink a day.

For people who had two alcoholic drinks a day, 63 more developed a condition within a year and for those who consumed five drinks every day, there was an increase of 338 people, who developed a health problem.

One of the study authors, Prof Sonia Saxena, a researcher at Imperial College London and a practicing GP, said: “One drink a day does represent a small increased risk, but adjust that to the UK population as a whole and it represents a far bigger number, and most people are not drinking just one drink a day.”


A glass of red wine a day is not healthy, say researchers

The lead author of the study Dr Max Griswold, at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), University of Washington, said: “Previous studies have found a protective effect of alcohol on some conditions, but we found that the combined health risks associated with alcohol increases with any amount of alcohol.

“The strong association between alcohol consumption and the risk of cancer, injuries, and infectious diseases offset the protective effects for heart disease in our study.”

There’s more:

Professor David Nutt  wrote:

The myth of a safe level of drinking is a powerful claim. It is one that many health professionals appear to believe in and that the alcohol industry uses to defend its strategy of making the drug readily available at low prices.  However, the claim is wrong and the supporting evidence flawed.

There is no safe dose of alcohol for these reasons:

Alcohol is a toxin that kills cells such as microorganisms, which is why we use it to preserve food and sterilize skin, needles etc.  Alcohol kills humans too. A dose only four times as high as the amount that would make blood levels exceed drink-driving limits in the UK can kill. The toxicity of alcohol is worsened because in order for it to be cleared from the body it has to be metabolised to acetaldehyde, an even more toxic substance. Any food or drink contaminated with the amount of acetaldehyde that a unit of alcohol produces would be immediately banned as having an unacceptable health risk.

Although most people do not become addicted to alcohol on their first drink, a small proportion do.  As a clinical psychiatrist who has worked with alcoholics for more than 30 years, I have seen many people who have experienced a strong liking of alcohol from their very first exposure and then gone on to become addicted to it. We cannot at present predict who these people will be, so any exposure to alcohol runs the risk of producing addiction in some users.

The supposed cardiovascular benefits of a low level of alcohol intake in some middle-aged men cannot be taken as proof that alcohol is beneficial. To do that one would need a randomized trial where part of this group drink no alcohol, others drink in small amounts and others more heavily. Until this experiment has been done we don’t have proof that alcohol has health benefits. A recent example of where an epidemiological association was found not to be true when tested properly was hormone replacement therapy. Population observations suggested that HRT was beneficial for post-menopausal women, but when controlled trials were conducted it was found to cause more harm than good.

For all other diseases associated with alcohol there is no evidence of any benefit of low alcohol intake – the risks of accidents, cancer, ulcers etc rise inexorably with intake.

Hopefully these observations will help bring some honesty to the debate about alcohol, which kills up to 40,000 people a year in the UK and over 2.25 million worldwide in the latest 2011 WHO report.

We must not allow apologists for this toxic industry to pull the wool over our eyes with their myth of a safe alcohol dose, however appealing it might be to all us so-called “safe” drinkers. Remember these words of a man whose great family wealth and influence was built on illegal alcohol:

“The great enemy of the truth, is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” John F Kennedy

David Nutt is professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London and chairs the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs.

In conclusion:

I wrote the article about Christian leaders who drink long before this recent, large scale study confirmed there is no safe level of alcohol consumption.   It’s longer a debate about whether the Bible bans wine…it’s a health issue.  Now I know why the Holy Spirit led me to raise the issue.  What you do with this information is between you and God.  Remember, I’m not saying this science is.



15 thoughts on “I’M NOT SAYING THIS… SCIENCE IS.

  1. One point not made is whether Biblical Wine alcohol content was lower, in general, that wine produced today.

    I believe it was… That would make an interesting and useful additional admonition, I think.

    A Question to ask, at what level/age of fermentation does naturally fermented wine become rancid and undrinkable? And, what is the maximum alcohol level before that happens.

    Proverbs 20:1 WINE IS a mocker, strong drink a riotous brawler; and whoever errs or reels because of it is not wise. [Prov. 23:29, 30; Isa. 28:7; Hos. 4:11.]

    1 Timothy 5:23  Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.

    IIRC the water where Timothy was living was less than ideal? And, would do more harm than the alcohol…

  2. Mario, you should not have to defend yourself in condemning the use of alcohol by so called Christians. After I came to Christ, my stock of liquor was poured down the drain. Those who truly walk in the Spirit have zero need for alcohol. Why set a bad example by drinking? Why would any person who loves God want to use something that kills so many, destroys families, and leads to violence, including murder and suicide. Only compromised, carnal so called Christians have any desire to create excuses about why they continue the use of booze while professing to love and serve Jesus.

  3. My opinion is…
    On the practical level, why is it illegal to drive a motor vehicle after having only two drinks in most cases? If there is a prohibition, then why would we would Christians want to walk the “fine line” of lawlessness? Scripture tells us “Be not drunk with wine but be filled with The Holy Ghost”. Again, my opinion is the The Holy Spirit has more to offer in substance than an “adult beverage”.

  4. Thank You Mario for standing strong on the Truth about alcohol and boozing.
    It is a lethal drug that is touted as being ‘meek as a lamb’ if handled correctly, and that is Satans biggest ruse. Boozing has spurred people onto the most detrimental, ridiculous and devastating results they could ever have had in their lives. Sipping Saints usually find themselves as slipping & falling saints in the end. My hubby & I have been fasting Alcoholic beverages for 22 years in personal & public sacrifice to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
    Our motto,
    “If you drink, you’ll ultimately stink and sink!”🥂

  5. My father drank overseas in the Army, came home & became an alcoholic. He knew Jesus as Savior, but was addicted. When he drank, I was threatened & so, I hated all, him Included. In Calif., when I was 12 in 1945 ~ he, drunk of course, was hit by a hit & run driver & killed, so we moved back to quieter Okla., living next door to a church! There, I was in church all time, with Christian friends, plus receiving Jesus as my Saviot & the Holy Spirit began to draw me to walk close to Jesus! But ~ we still never heard about forgiveness.., so I buried it, for 25+ yrs. till God moved in on it to clean house. I married a Godly minister, Ralph Hawk, who so loved Jesus & practiced forgiveness, thank God. My heart was being healed, I see now….
    But some years later, someone (sent by God), reminded me of my un-forgiveness & I became miserable & sick!! The Lord had faithfully sent teaching on forgiveness to us, also ~ & oh my ~ did my life change, as I made the decision to forgive my dad!! I began to see God had forgiven him, (he was openly repentant, shortly before he was killed) & God in His Mercy, spoke to my heart that He would use all… if ~ I’d only give ALL to Him!! This became true as husband Ralph taught Pastors overseas, I’d teach the women ~ about forgiveness!! They were abused & needed it. Awesome God, I am in awe of Him & His Ways!!! Butterfly n

  6. Thank you for clarifying . I also have alcoholics in our family . one has to be willing to be willing to be delivered, Calling on the DELIVERER. PRAY AND FORGIVE . Attend Christian support groups and educate oneself on alcoholism. Pastor Mario , GOD bless you, “Hearts of Prayer, ICLV , declaring healing over you. Louise Van Den Eikhof

  7. This statement in your article didn’t make sense. Or maybe I’m still waking up and not quite able to read it properly:

    “They found that out of 100,000 non-drinkers, 914 would develop an alcohol-related health problem such as cancer or suffer an injury.”

    How could people develop an “alcohol-related health problem,” if they don’t drink????

    1. As an addendum, however, ALL California wines that were tested last year showed 100% contained ROUND-UP chemicals, and so did mother’s milk.

  8. Mario, thank you for your blog.
    When my husband Ed got saved, the LORD delivered him from alcohol. He thought he was only a social drinker but finally realized he was an alcoholic. His Mother prayed for his salvation. When he repented of his sins and received Jesus Christ as his Savior, he was delivered from alcohol. This happened before I ever met him.
    I met Ed in Chico, California. We were married in 1967. When we went on our honeymoon in Carmel, the restaurant where we went to have dinner thought they would honor us by serving us champagne. We were quite surprised! After we were seated, Ed looked at me and said, “We will just let the champagne sit here on the table. We will not drink it. I would rather risk offending these people than offending my LORD. God delivered me from alcohol, and I am grateful. We will not drink this champagne!”
    Later when Ed was a pastor, people often asked about drinking a little wine for the stomach’s sake (1 Timothy 5:23). Ed told them, “Show me your doctor’s prescription, and I will say it is O.K. for you to drink wine.”
    Mary E. Stewart

  9. Dear Mario: We all have our opinions about alcohol. The only benefit I see from alcohol consumption is taking red wine which contains resveratrol, an antioxidant.  Unfortunately it seems alcohol consumption is an accepted norm in our culture, especially given the recent upsurge in beer microbreweries. Sadly you would think christians could find more productive hobbies. There may be evidence that a Mediterranean diet is good for the heart, the garlic, and olive oil consumption probably balances out any negative effects from a glass of alcoholic wine.  There are non alcoholic wines out there too, so why not go that route if you still want some wine with a dinner? I just wonder if these same medical experts arent going home to have some fine samples from their own wine cellar.

    Be Blessed,Jerry Woytus

    1. Jerry, thanks for your thoughtful comment. The articled referenced how red wine is not good for your heart as some doctors and alcohol dealers suggested. If all someone wanted was an antioxidant there are plenty that do not carry the threat of alcohol. God bless you, Mario Murillo

  10. Mario the issue of examplship is a big deal.
    I reach a lot of alcoholics and drug addicts.
    Imagine going to church thinking its a place that’s free of the very thing that’s destroying your life only to find it embrassed and even promoted as a good thing.
    Imagine working with one of these folks and because they see us drinking or smoking weed they think it must be ok and they end up back out in there addiction triggered by carnal Christians who refuse to give up there recreational high for the sake of those who are weak.
    Does this matter?

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