The Abuse of Alcohol – The True Harm

I recently read about a woman’s experience of alcoholism in her family detailing the abuse of alcohol and its ‘second-hand’ effects on her, and as I read I found my eyes darting as if not wanting to read and feel all that was being presented.

As I read the blog I could feel my own agony of living in a familiar feeling – my own household as a young boy would lurch from sunshine to violence through the use and continued abuse of alcohol. Even as I write this I can feel the questioning of that statement – it wasn’t every day, or every week – and this is how we can allow and not claim that even once is too much, and too many times.

What then is revealed is the fact that as a society we have enjoined and allowed the incremental destruction of our ‘safety’ in which we allow a substance / a drink / a poison to foster a way that we have to operate and be in the world with.

The deeper sadness for me is that I witnessed and felt so many acts of aggression and violence against my mother and family as a result of alcohol abuse that I shut down completely and actually resorted to using the same drink as a teenager to ‘forget and distance’ myself from all that had happened.

The anxiety of living in fear of ‘what next, what next?’ was not allowed as you grew older – the boy was told to be a man. The abuse of alcohol continued for twenty two years; I was also aggressive and violent when drunk sometimes.

How does this occur and at what point do we as a society
start to realise that what we continue to allow,
constantly and insidiously continues to grab and control many?

The abuse of my own body continued unabated until one day I sat on the floor in my lounge and cried and cried knowing that this was not the way to live: I was exhausted not only from the constant use of coffee, alcohol, drugs, food and nervous stimulation but by the fact that there seemed no way out.

What I discovered was that when you claim that you want to change, you are presented with opportunities that start to support that change: effectively you seed forth how you want to be and start to live that without perfection and things start to constellate, to come together so that the changes you want to live are supported.

Many months after committing to cutting out coffee and sugar and alcohol and drugs – I fell off the wagon numerous times – I was introduced to an esoteric healing practitioner and through that door was met with love and true support. Next stop Universal Medicine and the presentations by Serge Benhayon that has deepened the care and love of me beyond what I knew way back when.

The loss we all experience as a society under the continued corruption to keep alcohol acceptable and ‘everything in moderation’
belies the fact that we all know the harm and danger that these substances represent.

Not only is it the untimely deaths and injuries of many that should be making us all yell and scream for it to stop, but more insidious is the fact that every child and every family and every generation is affected in ways that Jacqueline McFadden has described in her blog Drinking Alcohol – The True Picture, The True Damage.

The drink you drink is not only affecting one cell, it affects all cells – the human society is made up of many people and they reflect constantly back and forth to each other – if one is reflecting anxiety and anger then this causes disharmony in those cells/people around it. It really is very simple when we look at it all from that perspective. We all have a responsibility to claim deeply that alcohol, the abuse of alcohol and the many health issues and violent episodes it provides us as reflections is done with. Finished. This is not something that we want for our future generations – starting now.

By Lee Green, Age 43, Business Owner

[This blog originated as a comment inspired by the blog: Drinking Alcohol – The True Picture, The True Damage]

660 thoughts on “The Abuse of Alcohol – The True Harm

  1. Drinking a poison, however socially acceptable, affects not just your own cells but the cells of all around you – evidence is increasingly available about the true cost of alcohol use and abuse but it continues and in fact appears to be escalating as are the costs to society. Those caught in the cycle of abusing alcohol however irregularly or however ‘moderately’, who are choosing to separate from themselves and others, and not facing the consequences of their behaviour have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. Those who have made the choice not to drink alcohol have a responsibility to not just reflect the benefits of this choice but also to speak up about the abuse that they inevitably see all around them, not in a judgmental way but simply presenting the facts about this poison and its wider impact. Thank you for the reminder that change starts with ourselves.

  2. Lee, I always knew alcohol was harming as could see the effects it had on those around me. When I did then drink I saw how it changed me and I would do things I would not have dreamt of otherwise. I would then feel exhausted the next day. Yet there was a pull to drink more, it was a social thing and something if you were not drinking you would constantly be asked why not. Alcohol is harming to the body full stop, yet it is often encouraged – this makes no sense but also shows where we have allowed society to get to.

  3. Lee thank you for sharing how harmful alcohol is. . It is interesting how many people cannot see it as a poison and the damage it does to ones body but also the harm it does to others when one is under the influence of alcohol. I know many families where alcohol has been the cause of harm.

  4. Wow I cannot imagine where I would be today if I had not made the choice to stop drinking alcohol. Most of society is turning a blind eye to the true harm of this substance. Alcohol is a known poison that affects not only our bodies but also many innocent people at the receiving end of substance abuse.

  5. It seems that as a society we have put it in the “can’t be true” basket and it keeps getting ignored. But for how long can we ignore the impact on society?

  6. I have noticed that even after one drink slight aggression starts to creep in. Conversation can be gentle and pleasant and after alcohol is introduced it takes on an edge and people go into very subtle battles with each other. A loving connection and interaction is hard to maintain with alcohol.

  7. Lee thank you for sharing so honestly about your experience with alcohol. It is what alcohol did to every person that is so shocking and that most of us are not wanting to accept what alcohol really is – it is a poison – even if the doctor say a glass of red wine is fine.

  8. Thank you Lee for sharing your experience with alcohol, I see the terrible effects it has on family members who would like to stop, but find it so difficult, there is some sort of misplaced mateship in sharing a drink with others. A sKull and cross bones need to be placed on every bottle of alcohol for the poison it really is to society.

  9. Thank you for sharing the deeply harming effect which alcohol had on your life. Alcohol wreaks havoc in all areas of life, while we as a society are choosing to turn a blind eye to it. It is well time to purge this scourge from our lives, by standing up and calling it out for what it truly is …A Poison.

  10. There is no doubt that alcohol is a blight on society contributing to domestic violence, and significant health issues, and yet as a society we continue to put our proverbial head in the sand and imagine “it is just a drink.”

  11. You are right Lee, the harm of alcohol is far larger that it appears to be. We only see the instances of harm but we don’t see the way that that harm spreads everywhere affecting everyone of us. Alcohol is a force of evil and I say that as one who drank it every day for over 40 years and can feel that harm in every cell of my body.

  12. ‘What I discovered was that when you claim that you want to change, you are presented with opportunities that start to support that change: effectively you seed forth how you want to be and start to live that without perfection and things start to constellate, to come together so that the changes you want to live are supported’. This speaks volumes to me this morning, thank you Lee.

  13. We can change through choice, very often we need a powerful stop or sense of absolute hopelessness or desperation before moving to that place where we say, enough is enough. And when we reach this place we are able to see for the first time the support that was there all along.

  14. Your comment about how one cell affects another particularly impressed on me the responsibility that we all have in how we live. Are we reflecting that its OK to get drunk, take drugs, watch porn, constantly be exhausted, abuse each other? If so then we are equally responsible for what is seen as normal in the world and the mess we are in. Or we can choose to live in a way that expresses something grander.. our true selves as an inspiration to others.

  15. The harming effects of alcohol are so obvious, and it’s no secret that alcohol is a poison that harms our bodies. What disturbs me is despite almost everyone in the world knowing the damage caused people continue to proudly tell stories about how drunk they’ve been, or how wasted they got – it doesn’t make sense. Taking true care of yourself and others – now that is something to be proud of.

  16. The true effect of alcohol needs to keep being exposed as you have done here Lee. In our society there is much that needs to be looked at and not too many that would go against the grain to voice what is really going on in the true damage alcohol does.

  17. There is a common notion that alcohol can give the user a relaxed feeling. This in itself points to the fact that if we need to use a substance to change our state of being just to get through life then what quality are we really living in.

  18. Having lived with a recovering alcoholic for many years, I found it easy not to drink as he did not drink, and hence I learned if one person chooses not to drink, it is easier for others to also make that choice.

  19. One day, it is true, then it may be well into the future, but society will look back in horror at the fact that there were alcohol stores on every corner, in our supermarkets, and that people thought it normal to be having just a few drinks every day. It will happen because we can only poison ourselves for so long.

  20. “We all have a responsibility to claim deeply that alcohol, the abuse of alcohol and the many health issues and violent episodes it provides us as reflections is done with. Finished. This is not something that we want for our future generations – starting now.” I completely agree with you Lee. Alcohol is a toxic substance – to our bodies and our relationships. There are absolutely no beneficial effects, only harming ones. We’ve been sold a lie but than can only happen if we choose to believe it.

  21. We have a tendency to try to separate experiences, I remember when I was young and we all went out drinking a lot, we had a couple of friends that were really ‘messy’ drunks, really crazy. We were always talking about how they couldn’t handle their drink and how they shouldn’t drink. We talked like this but never questioned that maybe they needed some support? We had this idea that we were different to them and there for didn’t need to change. What I feel so clearly now is how hypocritical my behaviour was, that if I could truly see that my friends were struggling and being adversely affected by alcohol, if I could see that they were struggling to stop even though they wanted to, even though they were embarrassed by what they would do, then why couldn’t I choose my love for them over a drink of poison? We love to label an ‘alcoholic’ as the one with the problem but what does society do to support those that are simply reflecting the true harm of this substance.
    Later I came to realise that although I may have held it together better than some when I was out on the booze, I had a massive problem with alcohol consumption, anyone that tries to trick themselves into thinking that alcohol is not bad for them, is lying to themselves, its like saying I only smoke one of two cigarettes a day, so what, that doesn’t mean its okay.

  22. Two young person close in my life died because of alcohol and the effect on people who are not dying because the alcohol abuse will indeed bring a lot of damage around them. So it is for parents to realize the direct effect their alcohol consumption has on their children living in their house. First you give them an example of not loving yourself and drinking what you feel away. That shows them a false way of how to be in life. Second, is that what you call in by drinking alcohol is way bigger then people are willing to admit. It has a direct energetic effect on their bodies AND on the children around them. That is one of the reason why you see young children who are not able to sleep when one or both parents are drinking alcohol. It has a direct effect on the energy in the house and on peoples bodies.

  23. Thank you for the reminder that what our cells reflect matters and has an impact on others.
    And also what we all deserve.

  24. In the UK the National Health System is on its knees. Alcohol is the underlying cause of many health issues, accidents and violence that the NHS has to deal with. If the poison of alcohol consumption was recognised for all the deep harm it causes and was no longer used and abused by anyone the NHS would be in a much healthier condition.

  25. This is most definitely a conversation that needs to unfold, we cannot keep going as we are for much longer – as the statistics of domestic violence, alcoholism, liver and kidney disease and diabetes continue to spiral seemingly out of control, but in fact we each have the simple choice within ourselves – and this would change everything.

  26. so true Lee, the drink affects not just us, but all those around us. Many have experienced what it is like at parties to be surrounded by inebriated guests, or at home when arguments get fuelled by drugs and alcohol into abuse and violence, just one more thing that adds to a world in which it is hard to trust and feel safe.

  27. “The drink you drink is not only affecting one cell, it affects all cells.” This line really stands out for me. Furthermore not only does it affect our cells but also others, family, friends, colleagues, wider community and the whole of humanity, as nothing can be hidden and what is done to one is done to all.

  28. I was blessed to have a home with minimal amounts of alcohol and abuse, but have witnessed many other family members and friends deal with what comes from alcohol abuse, and I can honestly say it hurts beyond! I have seen boys be crushed by their fathers intoxicated abuse or witnessing horrific family disputes. It affects all enormously. Thank you for exposing this as eloquently as you have Lee

  29. It is so true that we all affect each other far more than we care to be aware of for we are not ready for that level of responsibility. And yes not only do we also affect future generations, but we are those future generations as this is what we will be coming back to.

  30. It never makes sense to me, when I see posts on social media titled ‘New scientific study confirms that 2 glass of red a day will help obesity’… or something along those lines. What scientists and what alcohol companies are employing their services for such studies? It’s like humanity wants to believe and kid themselves that ‘moderation’ is key, but I feel we all know deep down how destructive and harmful alcohol truly is but are ready to believe what ever an authority says on the subject to keep the habit or ‘winding down’ active.

  31. Thank you for raising our awareness Lee, that alcohol is not just an extremely unhealthy drink on a physical level, but on a social level as well despite the fact that it is used to socialise. In truth it destroys relationships, the connection with yourself and others and it has a much much bigger impact on our children then we are ready to admit.

  32. Drinking in moderation is nothing but a lie, trying to make it sound as though it was okay; if we replaced the word ‘alcohol’ with the word ‘poison’, would we really say that ingesting poison in moderation was fine?

  33. Alcohol is a poison, whether or not we want to admit it – we, most of us anyway, know the next day hang over and how much we can lose control of our senses. Yet it is commonly accepted as being a normal thing to have. The question is do we want to pollute our bodies or not?!

  34. “What I discovered was that when you claim that you want to change, you are presented with opportunities that start to support that change:…” This has to be appreciated as a great truth and part of our way back to who we truly are. There is a call within us to live this truth and it begins with the acknowledgement that we do want to change. If we bring appreciation to this then we already are on the way out of the miasma of confusion about how to change, because it comes from the same place as that initial call. It is within us.

  35. “The drink you drink is not only affecting one cell, it affects all cells” Yes, alcohol affects our whole body when we use it, just as it affects not only us, but reaches out far beyond our body and affects others whom we share this world with. Nothing is isolated.

  36. I see this time and time again Lee “I shut down completely and actually resorted to using the same drink as a teenager to ‘forget and distance’ myself from all that had happened.” we need honest conversations and true support.

  37. To see the real harm that alcohol does you only need to visit the emergency department at your local hospital on a Friday and Saturday night. It is beyond horrific and it is definitely time for all of us to open our eyes and see what we are accepting as “normal”.

  38. “The drink you drink is not only affecting one cell, it affects all cells” Alcohol affects everyone in the vicinity and all cells in the body. It is a known poison, so why do we continue to justify its ‘normality’ in society. If it were a new drug it would be banned – so many side-effects. But they’re not really ‘side-effects’ at all….

  39. Most of us just think about the social aspects of alcohol, but this exposes the darker side – a world of pain for entire families that lives on the back of alcohol abuse. While the abuse itself is not the fundamental problem but a means by which the issues of the day or of life can come through, it is no less awful that this is legal, profit making industry, fully accepted and integrated into society.

  40. Do you notice how all the things that most harm the body, our relationships, work, our families and our connection is not only accepted as ‘normal’ but loudly endorsed in society? Does this not clearly show what is at play in keeping us disconnected from who we are and what we’re here to do together? It’s like a really bad movie that you go is it really like that!

  41. Alcohol has been the trigger to great harm in society and one of the greatest harms is that it is considered as harmless or even good for us in small amounts. But regardless of that many of us have a need for alcohol, whether to take the edge of a stressful day or to medicate how we feel about ourselves or the world we live in. But once we really begin to understand that what it is is a poison to our body perhaps then we will begin to reconsider that it is good for us.

  42. There are a lot of false claims that Alcohol is accredited for, one of them is that without it people are unable to speak out as themselves and join a conversation! Some people are adamant about this! What does it mean if we don’t share thoughts and conversation with others without a poisonous substance being ingested? Is it we don’t really value the true person that we are or are we used to stepping out and allowing another energy to take over for us!

  43. Lee your living example shows the viciousness of alcohol. You experienced as a child how your own day would ‘lurch from sunshine to violence through the use and continued abuse of alcohol’. But yet as you grew up, you ‘actually resorted to using the same drink as a teenager to ‘forget and distance’ yourself from all that had happened’. This just goes to show how treacherous and undermining alcohol can be and why we need to be more honest about its short term and long term ripple effect on us all.

  44. Many on the bandwagon of the effect of cigarettes on how health and tax them to the max but I cannot wonder after reading your blog again Lee if statistically alcohol on many levels costs our community and the health care system so much more.

  45. One day humanity will really take note that in disconnection from our bodies we are capable of a range of behaviours that we would never go to in connection and that even if the feeling of detaching from a body that only brings unsettlement into our lives, the way is to address why do we feel so unsettled, not to drink it away. The latter brings us nowhere.

  46. I love the reflections and awarenesses you have come to around alcohol and as such exposed the harm and incremental destruction we have participated in at the expense of everyone. However as with everything in life, we can change… and can choose to no longer participate in that which harms us or others and as such reflect another way of being where we no longer are consumed or controlled by a poison that we have normalized at great cost to us all.

  47. It is so clear that drinking alcohol is not natural for our bodies; one just has to honestly look at why we drink and the obvious ill repercussions of it. It has an effect on everybody. Your personal story Lee really brings this fact home. I love What you say here about how we can support a change, “effectively you seed forth how you want to be and start to live that without perfection and things start to constellate, to come together so that the changes you want to live are supported.” This is very true and applies to all of life.

  48. “I was exhausted not only from the constant use of coffee, alcohol, drugs, food and nervous stimulation but by the fact that there seemed no way out.” Yes and this is what we need to work on as we all know alcohol is not a healthy choice, we have mostly all felt as a child how it wasn’t very nice when our parents drunk alcohol yet most of us choose to drink alcohol later in life. So something does not match and something does not make sense… It is about looking at why we are drinking and why we think it is the only way to deal with our hurts and as you said it is when we start to open up to the possibility of change being possible, the way to go is there. I found too that my thoughts often say it is not possible and it is the only way (which is not true) the way out of that is feeling your body of what is true.

  49. The fundamental paradigm shift that will swing the world off its axis of substance abuse from alcohol to caffeine and more is consistently and beautifully presented by Universal Medicine… On offer to the world is such a different way of living that leads to such joy and fulfillment and understanding

  50. Beautiful to come back to your blog Lee; what you have presented on the absolute harm alcohol causes is very powerful and a sad indictment on our society;
    “The loss we all experience as a society under the continued corruption to keep alcohol acceptable and ‘everything in moderation’ belies the fact that we all know the harm and danger that these substances represent”.

  51. “It wasn’t every day, or every week – and this is how we can allow and not claim that even once is too much, and too many times” – this really stopped me on my track. I can feel how this is exactly I have assimilated myself to various kinds of abuse in this way – mostly self-inflicted ones. And love would not choose that for itself.

  52. Very powerful piece Lee making no excuses for and exposing the harm and abuse that comes through our choice to drink alcohol. ‘The drink you drink is not only affecting one cell, it affects all cells.’ – so well said Lee. All that we do has an effect on all that we share this world with, this is an inescapable truth of the responsibility we all hold. Until we are willing to be honest as to why we are choosing to consume a poisonous substance to escape or bring relief to the pain we feel, we then will continue to witness and experience the harm and abuse that is payed forward to not only our children, families and friends but all in this world as we are expecting them to accept loveless behaviours as a normal way of life, which it certainly is not. As it is our divine right to live the love we are, free from abuse.

  53. How much alcohol means abuse of alcohol? Is it acceptable to say ‘use’ (without the ‘ab’) of alcohol and to say that within specific limits we are on the ‘reasonable’ side? Is it such a reasonable thing about alcohol? Could it be that any alcohol constitutes abuse (abuse to self and abuse to others)?

  54. So well said Lee, there is a lot written and documented about the damage alcohol does to our organs. And more and more scientific research is coming out showing the implicit link with severe illness and disease. But my feeling is this doesn’t even touch on the moment to moment destruction alcohol does when it blocks and stops us connecting and expressing Love. Where there is naturally warmth, intimacy, openness and care, what we get in its place is disregard, apprehension, and fear. When you start to understand the world doesn’t actually need to be this way we can begin to understand the energetic effects alcohol has on us all, everyday.

  55. There is always a way out is a powerful message this blog delivers. No matter where you end up, no matter the unloving choices we have made in the past and the pain, sadness and fear we have caused ourselves, there is always a different choice that can be made and once we decide to take one little baby step towards that change, so much support becomes available to take the next steps, and the next… Lee has described this beautifully; What I discovered was that when you claim that you want to change, you are presented with opportunities that start to support that change: effectively you seed forth how you want to be and start to live that without perfection and things start to constellate, to come together so that the changes you want to live are supported.

  56. The abuse that occurs due to alcohol in our society is paraded across our tv screens, newspapers, online….all showcasing what can happen each and every day, murder, sexual assault, domestic violence and so much more, a lot of it occurs when alcohol is involved. It will be a grand day when we learn what alcohol truly does in the body and its affects.

  57. I very much agreed with the ‘everything in moderation’ model of living. While on the outside everything seemed to be all ok, things really were not. I would eat and drink a little bit of everything and sometimes I would venture into the more or much more than a little bit. Now this would be the story of the average person and most would ask what is the harm in that? When we condone the use of a substance we are actually condoning the way that it is used on the whole. So even though we may have a small amount of alcohol, we are actually supporting and encouraging it’s use on it’s broader scale, including that of harmful levels. While we may not think this or acknowledge this, our behaviours actually tell a different story. Even ‘non’ harmful levels can be questioned however. It is now known that any level of intake of alcohol increases our risks of cancer. So what then is harmful? This is something that needs to be questioned by everyone in society at a very deep level for alcohol’s use is very deeply embedded and needed by many for many reasons. This will take time as every person themselves reach that point where they begin to question this for themselves as Lee has done in his life. What needs to be known is that a there is a life to be lived on the other side of alcohol, a life that can be deeply rewarding.

  58. Thank you, Lee, for sharing so openly your own struggles with alcohol as it brings an honesty and a depth of understanding of its harm that is sorely needed.

  59. These are powerful blogs Lee (and Jacqueline McFadden) and important ones for those of us seemingly untouched by such alcohol-fuelled violence. To know what goes on behind closed doors in the homes of many is devastating, and ought to be a national outcry against the accessibility and normalisation of alcohol. It’s damage worldwide is unfathomable in truth, and yet it is endorsed to the hilt via government taxes and given free reign for suppliers to advertise it as glamorous, cool, sophisticated or highly desirable, a mood-setter, ice-breaker or reward after a long, hard day’s work.

  60. A super powerful blog Lee exposing the true harm of alcohol and how the effects are felt far and wide, unfortunately this is happening on a constant basis in many homes within our society and tragically the figures are continually rising. I can feel the responsibility we all have to express the truth about alcohol and call out the abuse that is affecting many so many people worldwide.

  61. Alcohol not only effects the person who is drinking but it deeply hurts and effects others, family, friends and innocent bystanders too. We have to be responsible for our own actions, and when it comes to our own health and others well being are we not running away from responsibility by using alcohol as a form of escape?

  62. There is a false image about us being safe at home. Homes are sites where abuse run at its highest and where we learn how to cope with it. Alcohol often plays a key role in the entire abuse/coping with abuse/abuse cycle.

  63. It’s beautiful to feel all of humanity as one organism, a whole where each one of us is a cell within it. One cell cannot abuse itself in isolation of the others, We are all interconnected – even the so-called ‘space’ between each cell is alive and vivid with energy, communicating everything instantly to all others, without exception. This brings our responsibility to live in a way that does not pollute the whole in very sharp focus.

  64. The very fact that alcohol is so accepted in our society is a clue to just how blind we have let ourselves become to the true, caring, loving being that each of us is. This is where we need to start the conversation to end alcohol abuse. Remind people of their essence and purpose.

  65. Beautiful Lee. Your blog beautifully exposes the fact that alcohol is a harming substance in any quantity. If the world went a week without alcohol imagine how different that week would be! Alcohol is a major factor in most instances of child abuse (including sexual abuse) and violence. This alone should make us all seriously consider what ‘benefits’ alcohol really provides.

  66. Thank you for your deep honesty Lee. It is quite simple, alcohol is a poison that has somehow over time become an accepted drink in spite of all the information about its effects on the body, the drinker and all those it may ripple on out to in various harmful ways. Alcohol and its insidious side effects have become an accepted normal which doesn’t make sense as we consider ourselves an intelligent species but too many people and our society are paying the very high price of this deeply ingrained normal in every moment.

  67. Alcohol has very obvious detrimental effects on society, so I agree Lee and feel we all know the harm they do but as a whole turn a blind eye to it. But is it not true also that anything that numbs or dulls us from expressing the fullness of our true selves is equally as detrimental to society eg. sugar, overeating, overworking, overexercising, checking out with TV or surfing the net etc. These are so normal and accepted that eyebrows get raised when they are equated with alcohol or drug abuse, but they are no different in truth for the effect on us is the same – they create disconnection to our bodies so we can’t feel. In this we are not ourselves.

  68. Making a stand about alcohol in the way that you have done Lee is very precious, because it is not from a righteous judgement or condemnation of those who still choose it, but from a personal experience of seeing the effects of it for yourself, from feeling the devastation of it in your body and in seeing that same damage in those around you. This is the ultimate form of wisdom and is what makes your voice one to be heard.

  69. Our bodies are so precious and yet we treat them like garbage cans and worse. Alcohol is just one of many substances that we throw into our bodies without any thought whatsoever of the damaging consequences. We don’t want to know because it will hinder what we think of as pleasure and our right to do what we want. Seen in this way drinking alcohol is very selfish and shows a lack of responsibility not just for oneself but for everyone.

  70. We think that alcohol relaxes us and takes the edge off of life but in truth it takes us further and further away from ourself, from our inner truth, as nothing is really resolved and nothing really changes, it only becomes a medication we are addicted to with many many side effects.

  71. Dear Lee, the following has been like a diamond glimmering from the reflection of the sun and is so deeply appreciated – ‘What I discovered was that when you claim that you want to change, you are presented with opportunities that start to support that change: effectively you seed forth how you want to be and start to live that without perfection and things start to constellate, to come together so that the changes you want to live are supported’. Thank you.

  72. Alcohol used to play a big part in my life. Now that I no longer drink, I can see how it used to control me and affect my relationships. Because it is such an accepted part of how we socialise and celebrate, we don’t open our eyes to the deep harm it causes.

  73. Reading this I found myself remembering friends, family, myself under the influence of alcohol, and every memory had a cringe in it. How is it that we think it is acceptable to loose ourselves to then abuse ourselves and others? An even bigger question to ask, is why do we allow ourselves to be treated as we are by another who is under the influence? As this article shares, our self worth is not held in the true worth we hold, for if it was, we would not accept such behaviour.

  74. ‘…when you claim that you want to change, you are presented with opportunities that start to support that change…’ – This is great and reflect the fact that we always have a choice and we are always supported with that choice. Alcohol takes us out and it was one of the hardest things for me to renounce because there was a part of me that liked totally checking out.

  75. Alcohol consumption contributes to health issues, which makes sense since it is a poison, it also contributes to aggression and violence, so why has it not been banned yet?

  76. Alcohol was banned in 1919 ‘to reduce crime, corruption, solve social problems, reduce the tax burden created by prisons and poorhouses, and improve health and hygiene in America’ but it did not last. Now we have Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon offering us the Ancient Wisdom. Not drinking alcohol is easy when you love the body that you enhouse and use it as a vessel for divinity.

  77. It is time for responsibility now I say, how bad does the world and our health have to get before we start to accept how we have contributed to this mess by our lack of responsibility.

  78. Great sharing Lee, thank you. What you present brings a greater truth to the ‘moderation’ concept, which seems little more than a justification of an unnecessary habit – one we use to ‘sweeten’ life / take the edge off / reward ourselves with… dosing ourselves with a mind-altering toxin all the while. I used to use it too, and I’m sure glad I don’t have to any more.

  79. ‘…when you claim that you want to change, you are presented with opportunities that start to support that change…’ The miracle of constellation – I agree, I have found it to be this way also. When we commit to setting our sails in a direction congruent with the universe, the universe steps in with a gentle breeze to take us in the right direction.

  80. When I made the choice to stop drinking alcohol it was an interesting time. I work in hospitality and to say no in that environment when it is at the tip of your finger tips was truly quite remarkable. The fact that my body couldn’t handle it and I would end up wrapped around the toilet I also got to see how much damage it was causing all those drinking. How a session with friends would end up disastrous.

  81. As a society we need to be honest and talk about the ills effects of alcohol on our bodies and future generations to come, we can no longer keep championing it and justifying these facts as the sooner we see it what is, the more awareness we can offer our young when it comes to ingesting such poison.

  82. Beautiful Lee — alcohol effects every cell.. it is more the negative destruct and behavior that seems to be the trigger to get into this drinking alcohol.. so the root cause is something else and from not dealing with the root cause we allow the drive that makes us seek that – a drive that is destructive to our wellbeing and body.

  83. “Even as I write this I can feel the questioning of that statement – it wasn’t every day, or every week – and this is how we can allow and not claim that even once is too much, and too many times.” So true this is where and how doubt comes in and as you say just once is enough for us to feel if something is true or not true, healing or harming.

    1. We feel like we can only say something when it is super extreme or happened a lot even though we should be able to address things first time they happen and cause harm.

  84. I agree with “everything in moderation” doing a lot of damage, it’s kind of like a permission slip to a little bit of damage consistently, and it also discourages true self reflection where we can actually listen to the body and make a truly healthy choice in response to its signals.

  85. Hi Lee – the extent to which alcohol harms others and those who drink it is pretty evident. There are so many family law cases in which children are removed from families who put the addiction first. With this blog comes a deeper understanding of our responsibility with ourselves and others, and allows us to see the harm in choosing a substance that stops us being us.

  86. The greatest loss to our society is that self love is not nurtured in our lives, for if it was there would be no call for alcohol, drugs, coffee, sugar and the many other substances and distractions we have in our world today. All these things are considered normal, because there is no true respect and understanding of the magnificence of the body we live in.

    1. Totally agree Leigh – without a true marker to guide our way, what marker do we turn to? It seems that all we have turned to make things ‘better’ in our lives has left us with no real sense of who we are, as such our loveless and senseless behaviours continue to be abusive. Our bodies are the greatest markers on earth, of our true way of being here, and when we embrace this relationship we say, ‘no more’ to abuse and say ‘yes’ to love.

  87. The culture of alcohol is an insidious and abusive one, and sadly one that is considered normal. Yet it offers nothing but harm, and when we are willing to harm ourselves we then do not question the harm we impose on others. It is evident that we learn from each other, as we have learned to accept culture that is clearly abusive in so many ways, yet we continue with it. We even know that it is damaging in many lives, families and communities yet we continue, and instead seek ways to ‘manage’ it. So why don’t we learn from each other ways that inspire us to be more honest, free from emotions and more loving? At the end of the day, we need to look at why there is a need to abuse ourselves, why we think we need to escape, why we don’t live with true contentment and love, and that instead think alcohol is a greater solution. Whenever we open ourselves up to truth, we will always discover that there is truer way to be and live. For regardless of what we believe, how much we have been hurt, or how lost we may feel, our true way of being is always waiting for us to be reclaimed and lived, and when we open us to this possibility, the way will become clearer.

  88. So true in that alcohol is a poison (just as cigarettes and coffee) to the body and affects not only the cells in our body but also affects all others around us. And its crazy how even though we can feel in our body what we are doing is poisoning ourselves because it is accepted as ‘normal’ we carry on and think if we stop doing this there must be something wrong with us because everyone else is doing it .. after all this is life right? I know that is what I felt growing up as a teenager and in my early 20’s I was desperate to love me more but because I did not have a true reflection of this around me I didn’t really know how to or would fall back in the same old pattern to fit in, feel more comfortable and to make others feel comfortable. The truth is there is absolutely nothing comfortable about poisoning our bodies.

  89. “Forget and distance myself” That sounds all too familiar but interesting that we often look at alcohol as the more obvious distraction but have we considered so many others that are in today’s society considered the norm.

  90. The use of alcohol is widely accepted in society as normal but how can this be considered to be normal when the ‘side’ effects not only impact the drinker in many harmful ways but also those around them; in fact it affects all of society. Alcohol may be a poison and its effects very harmful but there is big business behind the production of this poison and those involved certainly do not want the consumption to decrease. But putting profit before people will eventually have a consequence.

  91. What you expose here is that everything in moderation is a lie. If something does not work, and if it shows only every now and then or simply once, we know and we should not tolerate it anymore. But that is exactly our dilemma, that we have learned to tolerate instead of calling out the truth as it is.

  92. It seems alcohol has quite a hold on society. This is evident if you stop drinking by choice – it can be quite hard for others to accept. It’s fine if you’re pregnant or have declared yourself an alcoholic, but otherwise for many they question why? Surely one is ok? Or just one glass with dinner and friends? If we can see past the hazy goggles of alcohol then it is easier to see what a grip alcohol has.

  93. Alcohol consumption related consequences turns life into one of safety seeking. So, as far as this is achieved, alcohol is not seen for what it is. We make it about avoiding excess, not about drinking.

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