I just finished the chapter on alcohol. It was funny because when asked the question of how much I drink the day before, I checked off that I don't (which is true). So, I thought I'd get something else as a lesson the next day instead of a teaching on alcohol.
But it was still good, because when i did the test (believe it or not, I still did it!), i obviously answered no to all the questions. But then I redid the test (when I saw that if you answered 2 or more yes that you were considered to be an alcoholic), and answered according to how my life was better than 20 years ago, and I had about 7 yeses!
I always figured that i was pretty darn near to being an alcoholic back then. I partied like crazy and had blackouts. this was pre and during my college days. The amazing thing is that I made dean's list all my semesters at college and did great on my boards afterwards.
I stopped drinking and partying when i gave my life and love to the Lord Jesus Christ back in 1987. I took the alcohol that was in the house and dumped it all down the drain. no one told me to do this, it was just self-conviction and a strong desire that i had within me. I never once missed it. Back then, I had to drink before getting on the dance floor (and I loved and still love to dance!)
today, I'm on the dance floor about once a week, taking lessons and dancing with anyone who wants to dance. I hadn't been dancing for quite a long time before I started doing this about a month or more ago, and initially I was very nervous and awkward. now, I'm having a really great time! I'm free to really move around and enjoy myself with a clear mind which enables me to make good choices. I like drinking 'virgin mary' drinks and always kiddingly say that 2 are my limit. Some people get very upset with me that i don't drink alcohol (believe it or not!) Others don't even seem to notice. I also drink bottled water when i go out (great for thirst quenching since I'm dancing to nearly every song!)
I'm grateful to the Lord for His protection and mercy not just on me, but also on all those others out there that He kept me from injuring during those reckless years of my life...I realize that i had no right to be that way and work hard today to totally be a different person. I have no problems with someone having a drink or two, but I am totally against anyone drinking and driving and refuse to put myself in that position. When we go out, I'm the designated driver and others pay my way in, or give me money for gas.
Now, it'd be nice if I can just get those people off my back who keep wanting me to drink with them! I don't pressure them to not drink...why do they pressure me to start?