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My distinction is not self-serving...

To clarify, I do not consume alcohol recreationally. The only time I consume alcohol is:

1. Holy Communion at church (the wafer is dipped in the wine, then put in my mouth). While communing with Christ definitely has an impact on me (in fact, it is the highlight of my day), I have not noticed the sort of impact on cognitive function that you referred to.

2. When it is an ingredient in a needed medication (and I cannot remember the last time I needed such medication).

I make the distinction between drinking and drunkenness not because I am trying to "get away with drinking," but because I interpret the Bible to make that distinction. For example:

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. - Ephesians 5:18 NIV

Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses. - 1 Timothy 5:23 NIV

To be sure, one who is prone to abusing alcohol should simply stay away from it, as should one who believes that any consumption of alcohol is sin.

I can also appreciate why the "total abstinance" position became prominent here in America; unlike in Western Europe, where wine and beer are the traditional alcoholic beverages of choice, America "grew up" on whiskey, which can make the line between drinking and drunkenness very thin. Furthermore, we Americans had much greater access to clean drinking water than the Europeans did, which made alcohol less of a hygenic necessity.

One final note: While I respect your position that alcohol should be completely abstained from, I think that it goes too far for you to imply that those Christians who do consume alcohol will be "lost forever."

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