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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - bil­ly­gra­ham.org BILLY GRA­HAM Write to Billy Gra­ham in care of Billy Gra­ham Evan­ge­lis­tic As­so­ci­a­tion, 1 Billy Gra­ham Park­way, Char­lotte, N.C. 28201 or visit the web­site at

DEAR REV. GRA­HAM: I’ve al­ways en­joyed a few drinks, but I’m be­gin­ning to think I’ve gone too far. I’ve al­ways said I could quit at any time, but I’m not sure I can. At what stage does a per­son cross the line and be­come an al­co­holic? My un­cle was an al­co­holic, and I don’t want to end up like he did.

— K.H. DEAR K.H.: I’m thank­ful you’re con­cerned about your drink­ing; far too many peo­ple refuse to ad­mit that they’ve be­come slaves to al­co­hol, or that they’re help­less to get free of it on their own. Trag­i­cally, many end up de­stroy­ing their lives.

From what you say, I’m afraid you may al­ready be slid­ing into al­co­holism. Al­co­holics of­ten say that they can quit at any time — but they never do, be­cause al­co­hol has al­ready de­vel­oped a grip on them that they can­not break on their own. No won­der the Bi­ble says, “Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; who­ever is led astray by them is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1).

But lis­ten: God loves you, and He wants to help you break free of this and be­come the per­son He cre­ated you to be. The proof of His love is that He sent His only Son into the world to give His life for your sal­va­tion. Lis­ten: If you were the only per­son on earth who needed to be saved, Je­sus Christ still would have died for you. God loves you that much! Open your heart and life to Christ to­day.

Then ask God to help you take prac­ti­cal steps to over­come this prob­lem. Avoid peo­ple and places that will tempt you. Your pas­tor or a trained men­tal health professional can help you find pro­grams in your com­mu­nity to as­sist you. May God bless you.

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