Young blackbirds found dead at a primary school in Cumbria suffered from alcohol poisoning, according to an investigation. Animal health specialists were called to examine a dozen birds found in the playground, many with trauma injuries. Post-mortem analysis revealed that one of the birds had a large amount of pure alcohol in its liver. Scientists suggest the birds sustained their injuries in flight because they were intoxicated by fermented berries. Staff from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) published their results in the Veterinary Record....According to Paul Duff and colleagues at the AHVLA, who carried out the post-mortem analysis on the dead blackbirds, the berries found in the birds' guts smelled of fermentation - the chemical process of sugars breaking down into alcohol. Tissue samples sent for analysis partially confirmed the scientists’ suspicions when one revealed high concentrations of ethanol, pure alcohol, in the liver of an affected bird.
BBC News - www.bbc.co.uk/news/ on 11/4/2012
The word wine appears over 200 times in the KJV Bible. Overall, what is the Bible's opinion of wine, and by extension, alcohol?
There are some passages that refer to wine in a positive sense as in Isaiah 55:1;
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.”
Our Lord changed water into wine at Cana. And He must have tasted wine because He said in Matthew 26:29;
“I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father's kingdom.”
“Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into ew wineskins, and both are preserved.”
The Scribes and Pharisees may be signified by these wineskins, being natural men; having never been regenerated and renewed in their minds; by “new wine” is meant the effectual calling and conversion in the Gospel of Jesus Christ which is signified by new wine.
The negative effects of wine can be found in Proverbs 23:30-35;
Those who linger over wine,
who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
Do not gaze at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup,
when it goes down smoothly!
In the end it bites like a snake
and poisons like a viper.
Your eyes will see strange sights
and your mind imagine confusing things.
You will be like one sleeping on the high seas,
lying on top of the rigging.
“They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt!
They beat me, but I don’t feel it!
When will I wake up
so I can find another drink?”
We read in, Ephesians 5:18;
“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”
We may say; Well, I don’t get drunk when I drink. I just enjoy socializing with good company of people when drinking. I don’t drive drunk. I drink when I am eating at the restaurant. So what’s big deal about alcohol comsumption in that conrolled manner. Even the Lord Jesus changed water into wine at Cana’s wedding.
Uhm, honestly to say, I do that way when I occasionally drink. I don’t blame anyone for drinking in that manner. However I will abstain from drinking any alcoholic beverages because I do’t want to hear from the readers, “Hey, you need to stop drinking 100% before you write about alcohol stuff.”
Don’t worry about me too much. I did drink less than 5 cans of beer this whole year so far just to taste the refreshingly cool carbonated beverages when I drink the chilled beer at the restaurant.
Lord Jesus, let us be filled with the Spirit of God, and let us never be intoxicated with the spirit of liquor. Amen.